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Professor Colin O’Dowd

BSc, PhD, DSc, FRMetS, FInstP, MRIA.



Contact Information

School of Physics
National University of Ireland Galway
Phone: +353-91-49-3306
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  • 1987            B.Sc. Physics from NUI, Galway;
  • 1987-1989   Research Assistant, NUI Galway;  
  • 1989-1992   Ph.D University of Manchester, Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST); 
  • 1992-1996   Research Associate UMIST;
    1996-2002   Co Founder, Assistant Director of Centre for Marine & Atmospheric Research, and Senior
                        Research Fellow, University of Sunderland;
  • 1999-2002   Senior Scientist and subsequently Professor of Physics, University of Helsinki;
  • 2001-2004   Adjunct Professor NUI Galway;
  • 2004-2008   Lecturer and subsequently Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway;
  • 2009-          Personal Professor of Physics, NUI Galway.

Director – Center for Climate and Air Pollution Studies, Environmental Change Institute, NUI Galway.
Chair – Mace Head Management Committee

  • (International) Smoluchowski Award for Aerosol Science, 2004
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics, 2006.
  • Doctorate of Science, University of Manchester, 2007
  • Fellow Royal Meteorological Society 2009
  • Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2011
  • Institute of Physics Appleton Award 2012
  • Royal Irish Academy Gold medal in Geoscience 2014


Atmospheric aerosol formation, transformation and climate effects, air quality, climate – air quality interactions, air-sea exchange, biogeochemical cycling.Measurements and modeling of aforementioned themes: ground based, ship based and aircraft based measurements using a range of aerosol samplers (including mass spectrometry, ground based remote sensing such as LIDAR, cloud-RADAR, profilers etc); and sophisticated modeling systems from process models up to climate models.




Publications to date – 227  peer-reviewed,  h-index 48




Selected Papers

Rosenfeld, D., U. Lohmann, G.B. Raga, C.D. O’Dowd, M. Kulmala, S. Fuzzi, A. Reissell, M. O. Andreae., Flood or drought: How do aerosols affect precipitation?, Science,  Vol 231, DOI: 10.1126/science.1160606, 2008.

O’Dowd, C.D., J.L. Jimenez, R. Bahreini, R.C. Flagan J.H. Seinfeld, L. Pirjola, M. Kulmala, S.FG. Jennings and T. Hoffmann, Marine aerosols and iodine emissions,  Nature, DOI 10.1038/nature03373,  2005.

O'Dowd, C.D., M.C. Facchini, F. Cavalli, D. Ceburnis, M. Mircea, S. Decesari, S. Fuzzi, Y.J. Yoon, and J.P. Putaud, Biogenically-driven organic contribution to marine aerosol, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature02959,. 2004.

O’Dowd, C.D., J.L. Jimenez, R. Bahreini, R.C. Flagan J.H. Seinfeld, L. Pirjola, M. Kulmala, S.FG. Jennings and T. Hoffmann, Marine particle formation from biogenic iodine emissions,  Nature, 417, 632-636, 2002.

O’Dowd, C.D. P. Aalto,  K. Hämeri, M. Kulmala,  and Thorsten Hoffmann. Atmospheric particles from organic Vapours, Nature, 416, 497-498, 2002.

O'Dowd, C.D., J. Lowe, M.H. Smith and A.D. Kaye, The relative importance of sea-salt and nss-sulphate aerosol to the marine CCN population: An improved multi-component aerosol-droplet parameterisation. Q. J. Roy. Met. Soc.,  125, 1295-1313. 1999

O’Dowd, C.D., & G. de Leeuw,  Marine Aerosol Production: a review of the current knowledge,, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, doi:10.1098/rsta.2007.2043,  2007

Semmler, S. Varghese, R. McGrath, P. Nolan, S. Wang, P. Lynch, C. O'Dowd, Regional climate simulations of North Atlantic cyclones: changes in frequency and intensity in a climate change scenario, Vol. 36: 1–16, 2008, doi: 10.3354/cr00732, ,  Climate Res., 2008


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