Eloise Marais

Eloise Marais is a Research Fellow in Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. She conducted her PhD and postdoctoral research at Harvard University in Daniel Jacob’s Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group. Her research has been funded by numerous prestigious scholarships and fellowships, including an International Fulbright Science and Technology Award and a Harvard Center for the Environment Fellowship.

Her research group at University of Birmingham uses complex models, process-based information from chamber studies, and observations from ground-based and space-based sensors to provide mechanistic understanding of atmospheric chemistry and the influence of humans on the Earth system. Eloise has a particular interest in assessing the effect of rapid demographic changes on air quality and atmospheric composition in Africa. For this she makes innovative use of satellite observations, the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model, and observations from the NASA ATom aircraft campaign. More on her research projects, publications, and achievements can be found at maraisresearchgroup.co.uk.

At Satellite Applications Catapult and Future Cities Catapult Eloise will develop the Tool for Recording and Assessing the City Environmental (TRACE). TRACE will be an online inventory of carefully curated Earth observations that city planners, stakeholders and environmental consultants can use to monitor city-scale air quality and vegetation health. This addresses the challenge of knowing citywide air quality in cities with monitoring capacity, the lack of air quality monitoring in most developing cities, and uncertainties about the health of urban vegetation. Initially TRACE will be developed for cities across a broad spectrum of development stages to demonstrate its flexibility: urban renewal (Birmingham, UK), semi-developed (Johannesburg/Pretoria, South Africa), and rapidly developing (Delhi, India).

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