Professor Jennifer Ann Salmond

MA(1st Class) (University of Oxford), MSc (University of Birmingham), PhD (University of British Columbia)

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2017 -              University of Auckland - Associate Professor

2010-2016        University of Auckland - Senior Lecturer

2007-2009        University of Auckland - Lecturer

2002-2006        University of Birmingham – Lecturer

2001-2002        University of British Columbia – Postdoctoral Fellow

Research | Current

  • Microscale variation in pollutant concentrations in 3-D within an urban area
  • Quantifying personal exposure to air pollutants in urban areas
  • Measurement and analysis of turbulent fluxes including heat, water vapour, particulates and carbon dioxide
  • Nature – culture and the practice of physical geography, environmental science and inter-disciplinary research
  • Urban climate risk

Examples of recent funded research projects:

  • 2014-2017 High-density distributed networks of air quality measurement instruments (CI with PI David Williams) funded by MBIE
  • 2015 Health promoting responses to climate change (CI with Ralph Maddison) funded by WUN
  • 2013 - 2015 Quantifying the local rate of ozone formation from vehicle emissions in an urban plume (PI with CI David Williams) funded by Air Quality Limited, Aeroqual and Auckland University
  • 2013 Quantifying the relation between air pollution exposure and pollutant dose (PI with Simon Kingham (UoC), Mike Epton & Malina Storer (Canterbury Health Board) and Kim Dirks (UoA)) funded by School of Environment
  • 2013 Personal exposure and air quality in the Queen Street Valley (PI with Kim Dirks and NIWA) funded by Auckland council
  • 2013 Personal exposure to air pollution whilst travelling by bus (With PI Kim Dirks) funded by Auckland council
  • 2012 Brown Haze in Hawkes Bay (PI with Kathleen Kosyniack, Hawkes Bay Regional Council & Gus Olivaries NIWA) funded by Envirolink
  • 2012 Pollution emissions and air quality in Auckland (PI) funded by Auckland council
  • 2007-2012 Sensors and systems for Urban Air Quality network’ FRST funded project with PI David Williams (UoA),  (includes 1 year project extension)
  • 2011 Statistical analysis of industrial and wood burner emissions’ funded by Auckland Council
  • 2011 Spatial and temporal variability of near surface concentrations of carbon dioxide in Auckland’ (with CI Luitgard Schwendenmann) funded by Auckland Council
  • 2011 Transforming Auckland’s transportation system into a resilient, environmentally-friendly and health-enhancing system with a spatial decision support system’ (with PI J. Wang and M Ehrgott, S Costello & K Dirks) funded by Transforming Auckland Cross Faculty Initiative, Auckland University
  • 2010 A multi-modal study of factors influencing the exposure and uptake of vehicle air pollution while commuting’ (with PI K Dirks and S. Costello, (UoA)) funded by Cross Faculty Initiative, Auckland University
  • 2008 Novel methodology for improving our understanding of turbulence in the urban atmosphere’, funded by Auckland University Faculty Development Fund
  • 2008-2009 Exposure Assessment using Carboxyhaemoglobin as a biomarker for Traffic emissions (EXACT)’ with PI I. Longely (NIWA) and CI’s K. Dirks (UoA), S. Kingham (U. of Canterbury) funded by The Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • 2008-2010 Determination of personal exposure to traffic pollution while travelling by different modes’ with PI Simon Kingham (UoC) and I. Longely (NIWA) funded by Land Transport New Zealand
  • 2008-2011 Investigation of the causes of Auckland’s brown haze events’ (with CI Kim Dirks, Peyman Zewar-Reza (UoC) and others) funded by Auckland Council

Teaching | Current

  • Qualifications
    2005 – today Registered Practitioner, The Higher Education Academy, UK


    Environmental Science 713 Air Quality and Atmospheric Processes

    Environmental Science 701 Research Practice in Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

    Environmental Science 703 Special topic in Environmental Science

    Environmental Science 303 Environmental Science, risk & society

    Geography 332 Climate and Environment

    Environmental Science 101 Environment, Science and Management

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Students
2014 – 2017   Georgia Miskell (with David Williams, Chemistry)

PhD students who have successfully completed
2012 – 2016     Lena Weissert ‘Carbon fluxes in urban environments’ (with Luitgard Schwendenmann)

2009 – 2012   Maryam Alavi ‘Detection of sensor error in an air quality
 network’ (with David Williams, Chemistry) *Awarded Prize for Outstanding Poster, ANZIAM, Otago

2009 – 2012     Anushka Elangasinghem ‘Applications of air quality modelling’ (with Naresh Singhal and Kim Dirks)

2008 – 2011   Elizabeth McKenzie 'Persistence of indoor pollutants following
 p-lab remediation' (with Gordon Miskelly, Chemistry, University of Auckland)

2007 – 2012   Indrapriya Kularatane ‘Lichens as a bio-monitor for air pollutants’ (with Chris de Freitas, School of Environment, University of Auckland)

2004 – 2008   Heather Walker ‘Modelling the impact of urbanization on regional climate’ (Primary supervisor with Xiaoming Cai, University of Birmingham)

Masters Students


2016 (jul)            Quantifying emissions of black carbon Paul Crimmins


2015     Andrew Marr ‘Formaldehyde exposure in indoor environments’ with Kim Dirks
2014   Shanon Lim ‘Does meteorology matter: personal exposure in the bus micro-environment’ (funded by Auckland Council)

2013   Georgia Miskell ‘Nitrogen Dioxide variability in Auckland’ (funded by NIWA MSc. Scholarship)
2013   Rebecca Cunniffe ‘Personal exposure to particulates whilst cycling’ (funded by NIWA MSc. Scholarship)
2013   Ethan Barrowclough ‘Contribution of ports to air quality in New Zealand’

2012   Prabhir Correa ‘Near surface carbon dioxide within the urban area of Auckland, New Zealand’ (funded by Auckland Council with Luitgard Schwendenmann & NIWA)
2012   Huimin Lin ‘Measurements of school children exposure to CO and ultrafine particles’ (with NIWA and U. of Canterbury)
2012   Peter Clelland ‘An Assessment of Traffic-Related Nitrogen Dioxide Exposure and Asthma Medication Use at Early Childhood Centres in Auckland’(Master of Public Health led by Kim Dirks)

2011   Nicholas Talbot ‘Analysis of Auckland’s brown haze events’ (funded by ARC)
2011   Greer Laing ‘Spatial variations in VOC concentrations in Auckland’ (with Aeroqual)
2011   Stuart Grange ‘Nocturnal transport of particulates in Nelson’ (with GNS) * Awarded prize for best student presentation at New Zealand Meteorological Conference in Nelson 2011

2010   Poonam Sharma ‘Exposure to air pollution whilst commuting’ (with K. Dirks)

2009   Kreepa Shrestha ‘The contribution of micro- scale activities to personal exposure in commuting micro-environments’ (joint supervision with U. Canterbury)
2009   Huan Lui ‘Personal exposure to pollutants while travelling by different modes’ 
2009   Woodroe Pattinson ‘Cyclist exposure to traffic pollution: Quantifying microscale’ variance and the implications of route choice’ (joint supervision with U. Canterbury) * Awarded NZTA Prize for Best Thesis on Transportation and NZGA Prize for Best Thesis

2008    Heather Goody ‘Personal exposure to particulate matter in urban areas’   

2007   Sonja Bhatia ‘Vertical exchange of carbon dioxide in Toulouse, France’ * Awarded Norm Thom Prize for Best Thesis in Environmental Science, University of Auckland


  • Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society, UK



2012 - 2014          Member of Faculty Staffing Committee

2013 – 2016   Accredited Chair for Doctoral Examinations

2013              Acting Disciplinary Lead – Environmental Science

2013              Co-Chair of panel to review Environmental Science Programme

2009-2013     Member School of Environment Postgraduate Committee




Areas of expertise

  • Urban meteorology and air pollution: with specific emphasis on improving our ability to understand and quantify (through measurement and modelling) the temporal and spatial heterogeneity of pollutant concentrations in the urban atmosphere.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • (selected)

2015 - today    Secretary for Healthy Polis International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability

2013 - today     Co-Editor ‘Weather and Climate’

2010-2013        Member Editorial Board Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

2009-2013        Auckland Vice-President and Board Member New Zealand Meteorological Society

2009                 Guest Co-Editor International Journal of Climatology Special Issue on Urban Climate

2005-2010        Board Member International Association for Urban Climate (elected position)

2010-2012        Advisor to the Board of International Association for Urban Climate

2007-2009        Secretary International Association for Urban Climate (elected position)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Ma, X., Longley, I., Gao, J., & Salmond, J. (2020). Assessing schoolchildren's exposure to air pollution during the daily commute - A systematic review. The Science of the total environment, 73710.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140389
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Gao
  • Brook, M. S., Black, P. M., Salmond, J., Dirks, K. N., Berry, T.-A., & Steinhorn, G. (2020). Erionite in Auckland bedrock and malignant mesothelioma: an emerging public and occupational health hazard?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133 (1518), 73-78. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Brook, Kim Dirks
  • Dirks, K. N., Chester, A., Salmond, J. A., Talbot, N., Thornley, S., & Davy, P. (2020). Arsenic in Hair as a Marker of Exposure to Smoke from the Burning of Treated Wood in Domestic Wood Burners. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17 (11).10.3390/ijerph17113944
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thornley, Kim Dirks
  • Weissert, L., Miles, E., Miskell, G., Alberti, K., Feenstra, B., Henshaw, G. S., ... Salmond, J. A. (2020). Hierarchical network design for nitrogen dioxide measurement in urban environments. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 22810.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117428
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Williams, Hamesh Patel
  • Ma, X., Longley, I., Salmond, J., & Gao, J. (2020). PyLUR: Efficient software for land use regression modeling the spatial distribution of air pollutants using GDAL/OGR library in Python. FRONTIERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING, 14 (3)10.1007/s11783-020-1221-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Gao
  • Weissert, L., Alberti, K., Miles, E., Miskell, G., Feenstra, B., Henshaw, G. S., ... Salmond, J. A. (2020). Low-cost sensor networks and land-use regression: Interpolating nitrogen dioxide concentration at high temporal and spatial resolution in Southern California. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 22310.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117287
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Williams, Hamesh Patel
  • Salmond, J., & Tadaki, M. (2020). Climatology, Cultural. In A. Kobayashi (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 293-295). Elsevier. 10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10779-6
  • Brook, M., Black, P. M., Salmond, J., Dirks, K. N., Berry, T.-A., & Steinhorn, G. (2019). Exposure to erionite: health effects and implications for geotechnical risk management in the New Zealand construction sector. New Zealand Geomechanics News, 98, 78-81. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Brook, Kim Dirks


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 7, Room 751
New Zealand

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