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Professor Oliver Wild FRMetS


Oliver Wild

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 594871

Research overview

Oliver's interests are in atmospheric composition, chemistry and transport, and in understanding how natural and anthropogenic emissions of trace gases affect regional air quality and global climate.


He has spent more than 25 years developing and applying numerical models of atmospheric processes over a range of scales from urban to global, and has published more than 130 refereed journal papers. His recent research in atmospheric sciences has focussed on:

  • Intercontinental transport of ozone and its precursors. This research informs air quality policy through the UN-ECE task force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (HTAP).
  • Indirect climate impacts of short-lived gases such as NOx and CO through their influence over tropospheric chemistry. This has involved contributing to three IPCC climate assessment reports (2001, 2007, 2013).
  • Regional and urban air quality in the UK and abroad, including contributions to the MAQS-Health and HEICCAM projects, and leading a chapter of a recent Royal Society report on air quality and climate change in the UK.
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions and the role of atmospheric chemistry in the Earth System. Recent research has focussed on the impacts of biofuel cultivation on human mortality and crop yields in Europe, and on ozone dry deposition processes under the NERC Atmospheric Chemistry in the Earth System (ACITES) network.
  • Processes controlling surface ozone and air quality over East Asia. This builds on almost 10 years experience working in the US and Japan and includees ongoing collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing on air quality, contributions to the APHH-Beijing and APHH-Delhi programmes, and the new COP-AQ project on Net Zero and Air Quality.
  • Characterising and reducing uncertainty in atmospheric chemistry-transport models. This research has contributed to a number of recent international model intercomparison projects, including ACCENT, HTAP and CCMI.

Oliver is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, and was a member of council 2010-2013. He serves as a Core Panel Member of the NERC Peer Review College. He is a former editor of Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere, a journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, and Atmospheric Science Letters, a journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. 

PhD Opportunities: He is happy to supervise PhD projects addressing atmospheric composition/chemistry, air quality or climate change related to any of the topics listed above.


Oliver's teaching includes first and second year undergraduate courses on Atmosphere, Weather and Climate that provide a grounding in atmospheric science and meteorology for students on BSc and MSci degree schemes across the Lancaster Environment Centre. He contributes lectures on air quality and on the chemistry and transport of atmospheric pollutants to undergraduate and Masters courses. He also supervises undergraduate and masters dissertation topics focussing on atmospheric chemistry and transport, air quality and climate.


Oliver was Associate Director for Research in LEC from 2017-2023, and was formally undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Environmental Science degree schemes.

PhD supervision

Numerical modelling of atmospheric composition and air quality. Key areas of interest include tropospheric chemistry and transport, chemical weather, urban air quality, climate change, atmosphere-biosphere interactions, Earth System modelling, uncertainty quantification and model parameterization.

Research Interests

My research involves developing and using numerical models of atmospheric composition and chemistry to explore how natural and anthropogenic emissions of trace gases affect regional air quality and global climate. My principal interests are in the intercontinental transport of ozone and its precursors, meteorological influences on tropospheric composition, and the indirect climate impacts of short-lived gases such as NOx and CO. I am also interested in quantifying the uncertainties in current models of global atmospheric composition and climate, and in modelling the interactions and feedbacks in the wider Earth System that involve tropospheric chemistry.

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