Dr Kamalika Sengupta
- Areas of expertise: Atmospheric Science
Kamalika is a Research Scientist in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the School of Earth and Environment. Kamalika’s PhD work was part of the CLOUD experiment at CERN, measuring aerosol formation and growth rates in the atmosphere within an unique stainless steel cloud chamber. Kamalika’s work focuses on modelling aerosol formation with an emphasis on the role and climate impacts of biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Vegetation is the most significant contributor of biogenic VOCs to the atmosphere. These VOCs then undergo chemical reactions and help in aerosol formation. Quantifying the direct and indirect climate effects of aerosol formed from biogenic VOCs is important to understand the role of forests, as well as the effect of human activities on Earth.