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Matthew Ashfold

Associate Professor and Head of School (UNM),

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Biography

I joined the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) in 2013, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017, and became Head of the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences in 2020. Before arriving at UNM I completed my PhD (2008-2012) and a short post-doctoral appointment (2012-2013) at the University of Cambridge. My undergraduate studies were at the University of Leeds (2003-2006) and before starting my PhD research I worked at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (2006-2008).

Teaching Summary

Within our BSc Environmental Science I currently convene, and teach all or much of, the following modules: Tutorials in Environmental Science, Global Environmental Change: Part 1 and Part 2, and… read more

Research Summary

I am interested in various aspects of atmospheric and climate science, often in the context of tropical Asia. My research mainly involves analysis of a combination of modelled and observational… read more

Selected Publications

Within our BSc Environmental Science I currently convene, and teach all or much of, the following modules: Tutorials in Environmental Science, Global Environmental Change: Part 1 and Part 2, and Environmental Modelling. I also teach parts of Global Environmental Processes and Environmental Data Analysis.

While at UNM I completed the PGCHE and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I also convene the Nottingham Advantage Award module Climate Action in Malaysia which is open to all undergraduates at UNM. This module involves students in social learning and exposure to Bite-Size Climate Action - fun, flexible, and immersive online content designed to inspire Malaysian youth to act for the climate, which I developed with colleagues at Universiti Malaya. Some background on the importance of this project is explained in an interview with BFM.

Current Research

I am interested in various aspects of atmospheric and climate science, often in the context of tropical Asia. My research mainly involves analysis of a combination of modelled and observational datasets. Current priorities include:

Long-range transport of atmospheric pollution from East Asia towards the tropics. A key focus has been pollutants transported by so-called "cold surges", which appear to have an important influence on Southeast Asian air quality and on the stratospheric ozone layer.

Interactions between climate change and air pollution, and particularly changes in the likelihood of meteorological conditions that promote poor air quality in Malaysia. A recent grant from the Ministry of Education is supporting this research.

Interdisciplinary research on air pollution. Recent examples explored public views and responses to "haze" episodes and urban air pollution. A recent grant from the Toyota Foundation has supported collaboration and new data collection related to the "haze" - early results from this project are reported in a policy brief regarding government communications over haze, and in three blog posts focussed on Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Past research considered emissions of biogenic trace gases from the oceans in Southeast Asia and their subsequent transport towards the stratosphere where they can influence ozone layer chemistry.

Links to my Google Scholar, Publons and ORCID pages.

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