Institute of Astronomy

- Clayton Roberts


Office: Obs O17
Office Tel: (01223) 337534
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Research Keywords: Planets, Spectroscopy


I work on the remote sensing of greenhouse gasses from space. Specifically, my project is to do with the observation and estimation of methane emission rates in industrial areas such as oil and gas fields. Although carbon dioxide is the most “famous” and abundant of the greenhouse gasses, methane has a far greater ability of trapping heat in our atmosphere, and its relatively short half life compared to carbon dioxide makes it a prime target for mitigating climate change in the immediate future. My work makes use of observations from TROPOMI, VIIRS and ERA5 reanalysis data.

Selected papers

Roberts, Clayton and Shorttle, Oliver and Mandel, Kaisey, and Jones, Matthew and Ijzermans, Rutger and Hirst, Bill and Jonathan, Philip. Enhanced monitoring of atmospheric methane from space with hierarchical Bayesian inference. (2021) Announced on arXiv and currently under consideration at Nature Communications. 


Woitke, P. and Min, M. and Thi, W.-F. and Roberts, C. and Carmona, A. and Kamp, I. and Menard, F. and Pinte, C. (2018) Modelling mid-infrared molecular emission lines from T Tauri stars. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 618, A57. DOI 10.1051/0004-6361/201731460



BSc (Hons) Astrophysics, University of St Andrews

MASt in Astrophysics, University of Cambridge

PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

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