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John Burrows

John Burrows

Professor John Burrows FRS


Elected: 2016


John P. Burrows has contributed to our scientific understanding of air pollution, the ozone layer, the upper atmosphere, biogeochemistry and climate change. He and his co-workers have studied the kinetics and spectroscopy of key atmospheric free radicals and gases, developed innovative in situ trace atmospheric measurement techniques, and pioneered the passive remote sensing of atmospheric constituents and surface parameters. Working closely with DLR, ESA and NASA, he initiated and led scientifically the SCIAMACHY Project, which resulted in the satellite based measurements of the instruments GOME on ESA ERS-2 (1995-2011), SCIAMACHY on ESA Envisat (2002 -2012), GOME-2 on EUMETSAT Metop Series (2006-2022), and the concepts GeoSCIA/GeoTROPE, now developed as EU Copernicus Sentinel 4, and CarbonSat/CarbonSat Constellation.

He is a fellow of AAAS, AGU, IUGG, and NERC:CEH and member of IAA. His research accolades include being awarded the following: COSPAR William Nordberg Medal 2006, NASA Group Achievement Award 2008, JQSRT Milestone Paper Award 2010, Haagen-Smit Prize 2012, EGU Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal 2013, IUGG Silver Medal IUGG 2015, and the Alfred Wegener Medal EGU 2016.

Professional positions

Fellow, Centre For Ecology and Hydrology, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
, Institutes of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing, University of Bremen

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, physical
  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Atmospheric chemistry, Atmospheric physics and meteorology, Chemical oceanography, Climate sciences, Physical oceanography


“Atmospheric constituents”, “Atmospheric pollutants”, “Air pollution”, “Air quality”, “Upper atmospheric ozone”, “Brewer Dobson circulation”, “Polar mesospheric clouds”, “Meteoritic ablation”, “Global Climate Change”

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