Adam Povey

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Adam Povey

Research Assistant

I am a postdoctoral research assistant within the Earth Observation Data Group (EODG) interested in the observation of aerosol-cloud interactions from satellite and ground-based sensors. Such study is underpinned by an understanding of retrieval theory to develop rigorous and useful estimates of the uncertainty affecting the data products.

As part of an ESA Living Planet fellowship (supported by NCEO), I am working to introduce surface insolation products into the Aerosol CCI (Climate Change Initiative) dataset and use that in conjunction with Cloud CCI data to investigate changes in cloud properties in the vicinity of geographically concentrated aerosol sources, such as heavy industry or volcanoes. I also work towards harmonising the aerosol and cloud retrievals within the ORAC algorithm and its validation against ground-based observations.

I have tutored a range of topics within physics since 2010 and was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015, a nationally recognised assessment of “commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.” The portfolio submitted for that can be found attached in the right column.

Stipendiary lectureship with St. Hugh's College

Since 2015, I have covered the first year CP3 and CP4 papers, including:

  • Complex Numbers and Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Vectors and Matrices
  • Calculus
  • Normal modes and waves

I also cover the fluid mechanics sections of B1 for the third year students.

Optics (A2, second year)

  • Oriel College: 2013 - present

Mathematical Methods and Statistics (second year)

  • St. John's College: 2010 - 2015

Flows, Fluctuations, and Complexity (B1, third year)

  • Wadham College: 2009 - 2010
  • Corpus Christi College: 2010 - 2014
  • St. Anne's College: 2011
  • Lincoln College: 2011, 2014
  • Exeter College: 2013 - 2015

Atmospheric Physics (C5, fourth year)

  • Departmental tutor: 2014 - 2015

My doctoral studies were completed in 2013, developing an optimal estimation retrieval of aerosol scattering properties from Raman lidar observations in partnership with Hovemere Ltd, who provided a novel lidar system which was used to observe urban and rural aerosols in addition to volcanic ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruptions of April 2010. A new lidar calibration technique was developed in order to make the best use of the challenging but scientifically interesting data set.

As a masters student in 2009, I studied the variability of frontal systems over the north Atlantic (in addition to an experimental assessment of the resilience of optical equipment to extreme radiation fluxes for the upgrade to the LHC).