Research interests:

My research is focused on understanding spatial and temporal variability in the Earth’s top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiation balance, and interpreting this in relation to atmospheric variables, surface characteristics and the surface budget. I then extend this to test whether climate models are able to simulate these relationships and variability seen in the observations. I am particularly interested in the region of west Africa.

Career history:

I completed my integrated Bachelors/Masters in Physics in 2015, at the University of Edinburgh, gaining an Master of Physics with Honours (First Class). This included a year on ERASMUS exchange at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Since 2015 I have been a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.

Active research projects:

Interpreting Earth’s top-of-the-atmosphere broadband radiation fluxes using numerical models

My PhD research is focused on the radiation balance at the top-of-the-atmosphere and the surface over west Africa, interpreting this with respect to atmospheric variables, and comparing this to a climate model output.

Recent publications:

Mackie, A., Palmer, P. I., and Brindley, H.: Characterising energy budget variability at a Sahelian site: a test of NWP model behaviour, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2017.

Mackie, A. R., P. I. Palmer, J. M. Barlow, D. P. Finch, P. Novelli, and L. Jaeglé (2016), Reduced Arctic air pollution due to decreasing European and North American emissions, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 8692–8700, doi:10.1002/2016JD024923