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Dominika Pasternak

Biography

I am a PhD student working within Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) at the University of York and I studied Chemistry at York. During my Masters project at Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) I was responsible for the core chemistry payload, especially for upgrading the Fast Greenhouse Gas Analyser to acquire fast data for flux measurements. Working at FAAM I developed passion for airborne measurements and decided to peruse a PhD following up from my Masters project.

Currently, I am looking at the data I have acquired during my placement.

Qualifications

Master of Chemistry with a Year in Industry

Memberships and Fellowships

Royal Society of Chemistry

Research interests

My main research interest is airborne measurements of trace gases and adapting instruments for airborne use. My PhD focuses on the implications of change of regulations on sulphur emission from shipping (2020) – on one hand improvement of costal air quality on the other hand potential positive climate feedback and change of plume chemistry.

I'm also interested in methane emissions from wetlands around the world.  

Project title

Investigating local and regional air pollution from shipping

Supervisors

Funding

Leeds York NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Project outline

My PhD project concerns shipping emissions and their impact on air quality and climate. So far my work focused on the differences between ships observed by FAAM research aircraft in and out of the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA). The work involves analysis of plume composition, volatile organic compounds and ozone production.

In future, more measurements will be taken to verify the impact of the new SO2 emissions regulations which reduce the sulphur fuel content in all international waters from 3.5 per cent to 0.5 per cent. Another aspect of my PhD is looking at methane fluxes from wetlands in Uganda, Zambia and Finland using airborne eddy covariance. 

Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory

General enquiries: wacl@york.ac.uk

Postal address: Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Innovation Way, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD