My main interest is the remote sounding of the stratosphere and mesosphere by microwave limb sounding. I am part of a large team based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory, which builds and operates microwave limb sounding instruments. You can read more about this at the MLS web site. To date, the team have built two of these instruments: UARS MLS which was launched in September 1991 and EOS MLS which was finally launched on 15 July 2004. I am responsible for the HCN and CO measurements from EOS MLS and was lead author on the first papers on the HCN data. I am now investigating the inter-annual variability of HCN in the tropical stratosphere. I am also looking into the MLS measurements of sulphur dioxide from volcanos.
Present: Reader in atmospheric science the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Mississippi
“Sources of ambient noise in the ocean: an experimental investigation”
Active research projects:
Atmospheric Wind Evaluation using Spectroscopic Observations of Millimetrewave Emission (AWESOME)
31/05/14 – 31/08/15
M. Höpfner, C. D. Boone, B. Funke, N. Glatthor, U. Grabowski, A. Günther, S. Kellmann, M. Kiefer, A. Linden, S. Lossow, H. C. Pumphrey, W. G. Read, A. Roiger, G. Stiller, H. Schlager, T. von Clarmann, and K. Wissmüller. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) from MIPAS in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere 2002–2012. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15(12):7017–7037, 2015.
H. C. Pumphrey, W. G. Read, N. J. Livesey, and K. Yang. Observations of volcanic SO2 from MLS on Aura. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8:195–209, 2015.
D. L. Finney, R. M. Doherty, O. Wild, H. Huntrieser, H. C. Pumphrey, and A. M. Blyth. Using cloud ice flux to parametrise large-scale lightning. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14(23):12665–12682, 2014.
H. C. Pumphrey, A. Lambert, and N. J. Livesey. Observation of the exhaust plume from the space shuttle main engines using the Microwave Limb Sounder. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 4(1):89–95, 2011.
H. C. Pumphrey, M. L. Santee, N. J. Livesey, M. J. Schwartz, and W. G. Read. Microwave Limb Sounder observations of biomass-burning products from the Australian bush fires of February 2009. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11:6285–6296, 2011.