James France


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    Personal profile

    Educational background

    Postgraduate Degree, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London. PhD thesis: ‘Chemical Oxidation in Snowpack’ submitted May 2008, completed October 2008.

    First Degree, Department of Geology, Royal Holloway, University of London. MSci Geosciences: 1st Class (honours), Jun. 2004

    Personal profile

    Currently employed as part of a UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition /  Environmental Defence Fund project to investigate potential methane sources in the North Sea region.

    2014-17. University of East Anglia, Responsible for the project management and scientific development of a new sea-ice laboratory facility.

    2012-14 working on Arctic methane emissions using isotopic signatures in carbon to identify sources of methane to the Arctic as part of the MAMM project (Methane in the Arctic, Measurement and Modelling)

    2009-12 Part of the OPALE (Oxidant Production over Antarctica Land and its Export) project measuring snowpack optical properties and spectral solar radiation to calculate photochemical rates of nitrate depletion within the snow cover at Dome C on the Antarctic plataeu.

    Other interests include habitable planetary ices and ice extent during the snowball earth event.

    PhD in snowpack chemistry and MSci undergraduate degree in GeoSciences

    Research interests

    Main research profile currently: Greenhouse gas emissions over the Arctic, UK and Southern Tropics.

    Previously working on snow optical properties and pollution (such as black carbon) within snowpack on snow surface reflectance, snowpack chemistry and snow / ice as a habitat and rates of photochemistry occurring in snow and ice.

    Minor ongoing research is looking into indentying absorbers in snowpack from measurements of optical properties, determining new terrestrial sites for Martian dust simulants and habitable zones in ice on other planets / moons.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land


    • snow
    • mars
    • sea-ice
    • methane
    • atmospheric chemistry
    • climate change


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