Martin Williams

Martin Williams

Dr, Professor

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Research interests (short)

My interests lie in the application of atmospheric science to policy on air quality, the relationship between air quality and health, and on the linkages between air quality and climate change. I have a particular interest in the effectiveness of air quality policies on urban and regional air quality as evidenced by measurement. Recent studies on NOx trends are a good example.

Research interests

My interests lie in the application of atmospheric science to policy on air quality, the relationship between air quality and health, and on the linkages between air quality and climate change. I have a particular interest in the effectiveness of air quality policies on urban and regional air quality as evidenced by measurement. Recent studies on NOx trends are a good example.

Further interests include the establishment of more detailed relationships between air quality and health in the UK as part of projects funded by the MRC at the MRC-HPA Centre at King's College. Prior to joining Defra (see below) I carried out air quality impact assessments prior to developments at three major UK airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, and have maintained an interest in the impact of aviation on air quality.

I have a continuing interest in ozone as a pollutant and was the first to demonstrate the impact of stratospheric air on ground level concentrations in the UK. I developed a simple, fast but accurate model used in the daily government air quality forecast for ozone.

 

Biographical details

I was until recently head of the air quality programme in Defra responsible for air quality policy and research to inform it. I currently chair the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution, and chair the Modelling Review Steering Group for Defra. I am lead author of policy section of the UNEP Assessment of Short Lived Climate Forcers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Semi-empirical molecular orbital calculations of molecular properties, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Jan 1971

Bachelor of Science, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1968

Keywords

  • GE Environmental Sciences

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