Adam Povey

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Adam Povey

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

I am a postdoctoral research assistant within the Earth Observation Data Group 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 a fellow of the National Centre for Earth Observation, I evaluate the aerosol component of the UK Earth System Model and work towards harmonising the aerosol and cloud retrievals within the ORAC algorithm. This involves software development, data generation, validation studies, and the production of statistically robust climatologies.

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 tutor the third year B1 Fluids course.

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
  • St. Hugh's College: 2016 - 2017, 2018

Atmospheric Physics (C5, fourth year)

  • Departmental tutor: 2014 - 2015

I held an ESA Living Planet fellowship, 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.

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).