Professor Oliver Wild FRMetS


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 100 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 the last three IPCC climate assessment reports.
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions and the role of atmospheric chemistry in the Earth System. Recent research has focussed on biogenic emissions of isoprene and the consequent effects 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 and contributions to the APHH-Beijing and APHH-Delhi programmes.
  • 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 is Associate Director for Research in LEC, and was formally undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Environmental Science degree schemes.

  • Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution
  • DSI - Environment
  • DSI - Health
  • Improving global stewardship
  • Understanding a changing planet