Isabelle Taylor

Isabelle Taylor


I am currently a fourth year PhD student on the Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership working in the Earth Observation Data Group (EODG) in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP). My research interests are in how satellite remote sensing can be used to better understand Earth processes with a particular interest in natural hazards. My research involves investigating how satellite imagery can be used to monitor volcanic plumes and how this can be used to learn something about volcanic behaviour. I primarily work with datasets produced with the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). My research has shown that this instrument can be used to monitor large emissions from explosive eruptions and also that it is capable of making measurements of smaller emissions such as those from smaller eruptions, non-eruptive degassing and anthropogenic emissions. It could therefore be used to complement the more widely used ultra-violet instruments. In addition to this I have adapted a well-known technique for obtaining the altitude of meteorological clouds for IASI and shown that this is able to obtain the height of volcanic ash clouds in the troposphere. I am a writer and editor for the science outreach blog Evidently Scientifical.

Taylor, I., Mackie, S. and Watson, I.M. (2015) Investigating the use of the Saharan Dust Index as a tool for the detection of volcanic ash for SEVIRI imagery, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 304: 126-141, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2015.08.014.

Taylor, I.A., Preston, J., Carboni, E., Mather, T.A., Grainger, R., Theys, N., Hidalgo, S. and McCormick-Kilbride, B. (2018) Exploring the utility of IASI for monitoring volcanic SO2 emissions, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(10): 5588-5606, doi:10.1002/2017JD027109.

Taylor, I.A., Carboni, E., Ventress, L.J. and Grainger, R., An adaptation of the CO2 slicing technique for the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer to obtain the height of tropospheric volcanic ash clouds, in review at Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions,