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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Astrophysics group at Imperial College London, working on solar irradiance variability. I use a model of solar irradiance to reconstruct the total and spectral irradiance variations over the past 400 years, based on the sunspot area and number records.
I am also part of the project SOLID (First European Comprehensive SOLar Irradiance Data exploitation), a collaborative SPACE Project under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. 
The overall objective of SOLID is to provide a uniform data set of:
 solar spectral irradiance measurements from the beginning of the space era to the present including proper error and uncertainty estimates. SOLID will analyse and merge the complete set of European irradiance data, complemented by archive data (solar images and proxies) that include data from non-European missions;
 modelled solar irradiance records from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, including uncertainty estimates. SOLID will work with two different state of the art models to produce the reconstructed spectral and total irradiance data as a function of time. The results will be used to bridge gaps in time and wavelength coverage of the observational data, and to extend the data sets in time before the space era.
My role within SOLID is a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, to improve existing total and spectral solar irradiance reconstructions using a SATIRE-type (Spectral And Total Irradiance REconstructions) model. The model uses as input magnetograms simulated with a surface flux transport model to better capture the irradiance variability on timescales of days to weeks.
We can simulate daily full disc magnetograms back to the year 1700 using the sunspot number record. This means that we can reconstruct total and spectral irradiance over the past 400 years and study variations on timescales longer than the solar cycle

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Astrophysics group at Imperial College London, working on solar irradiance variability. I use a model of solar irradiance to reconstruct the total and spectral irradiance variations over the past 400 years, based on the sunspot area and number records.


I am also part of the project SOLID (First European Comprehensive SOLar Irradiance Data exploitation), a collaborative SPACE Project under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. 

 

My role within SOLID is a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, to improve existing total and spectral solar irradiance reconstructions using a SATIRE-type (Spectral And Total Irradiance REconstructions) model. The model uses as input magnetograms simulated with a surface flux transport model to better capture the irradiance variability on timescales of days to weeks.


We can simulate daily full disc magnetograms back to the year 1700 using the sunspot number record. This means that we can reconstruct total and spectral irradiance over the past 400 years and study variations on timescales longer than the solar cycle.

 

Outreach

I am a member of the GalieoMobile initiative since 2009. We prepare and carry out activities in schools around the world that have little or no access to astronomy outreach activities. We have done so far five expeditions to Chile, Boliva, Peru, India, Uganda, and Brazil.

 

Our experiences have been recorded in a documentary and a photo-book, the latter of which I am co-author and co-producer.

 

Media

I was a Media Fellow of the British Science Association during the summer of 2014. I worked for one month as a science reporter for the BBC online news section and BBC World Service radio programmes like Science in Action and Click. At the end of my placement I got to attend the British Science Festival and report for BBC News.

 

 

 

UPCOMING PUBLIC LECTURES

Oxford University Continuing Education

Nov 14th 2009, day course

Blackett Science Lecture

Marlborough College, Dec 1st 2009

Crayford Manor House

Feb 11th 2010, 7.45pm