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Research interests

My work focuses on developing methods for determining sources and sinks of greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances. I carry out this work in collaboration with researchers around the world through the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), a global monitoring network that measures over 40 trace gases at high frequency and precision. I use models of atmospheric chemistry and transport to determine emissions and sinks of atmospheric gases using the AGAGE measurements. I am the PI of the NERC higlight topic "Detection and Attribution of Regional Emissions in the UK (DARE-UK)" and the NERC Digital Environment project "Hub for Greenhouse Gas data Science (HUGS)". I am a co-of the NERC highlight topic MOYA, investigating the global methane budget, and co-I of the London GHG project. I am a lead author of the 2018 World Meteorological Organisation Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion.


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  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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Research Output

Renewed growth of atmospheric methane

Rigby, M., Prinn, R. G., Fraser, P. J., Simmonds, P. G., Langenfelds, R. L., Huang, J., Cunnold, D. M., Steele, L. P., Krummel, P. B., Weiss, R. F., O'Doherty, S. J., Salameh, P. K., Wang, H. J., Harth, C. M., Muhle, J. & Porter, L. W., 20 Nov 2008, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 35, 22, 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 325 Citations (Scopus)
    259 Downloads (Pure)

    Re-evaluation of the lifetimes of the major CFCs and CH3CCl3 using atmospheric trends

    Rigby, M., Prinn, R. G., O'Doherty, S., Montzka, S. A., McCulloch, A., Harth, C. M., Muehle, J., Salameh, P. K., Weiss, R. F., Young, T., Simmonds, P. G., Hall, B. D., Dutton, G. S., Nance, D., Mondeel, D. J., Elkins, J. W., Krummel, P. B., Steele, L. P. & Fraser, P. J., 2013, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 13, 5, p. 2691-2702 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Three decades of global methane sources and sinks

    Kirschke, S., Bousquet, P., Ciais, P., Saunois, M., Canadell, J. G., Dlugokencky, E. J., Bergamaschi, P., Bergmann, D., Blake, D. R., Bruhwiler, L., Cameron-Smith, P., Castaldi, S., Chevallier, F., Feng, L., Fraser, A., Heimann, M., Hodson, E. L., Houweling, S., Josse, B., Fraser, P. J. & 28 others, Krummel, P. B., Lamarque, J-F., Langenfelds, R. L., Le Quere, C., Naik, V., O'Doherty, S., Palmer, P. I., Pison, I., Plummer, D., Poulter, B., Prinn, R. G., Rigby, M., Ringeval, B., Santini, M., Schmidt, M., Shindell, D. T., Simpson, I. J., Spahni, R., Steele, L. P., Strode, S. A., Sudo, K., Szopa, S., van der Werf, G. R., Voulgarakis, A., van Weele, M., Weiss, R. F., Williams, J. E. & Zeng, G., Oct 2013, In : Nature Geoscience. 6, 10, p. 813-823 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    903 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively

    Advanced Fellow (FEC) - Towards treaty verification of all non-CO2 long-lived greenhouse gases.

    Matthew Rigby (Recipient)

    1 Jan 20121 Jan 2017

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Supervised Work

    Atmospheric inverse modelling of biospheric carbon dioxide fluxes in the UK and Europe

    Author: White, E., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Rigby, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    The Southern Ocean seasonal cycle of N 2 O, an atmospheric modelling study.

    Author: Byrne, L., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Rigby, M. (Supervisor) & Ganesan, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)