An external view of the Met Office building at night.

Dr Joelle Buxmann

Areas of expertise

  • Remote sensing of trace gases and aerosols
  • Differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS)
  • Atmospheric chemistry

Current activities

Joelle Buxmann started to work for the Met Office in March 2013. Her main interest is remote sensing of aerosols and trace gases including water vapour and ozone.

During June -August 2013 she went on a winter expedition to Antarctica on the research Vessel Polarstern in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg. Her work was focused on detection Halogen oxides and sea salt aerosols in correlation with ozone depletion and mercury deposition.

Career background

2008-2012 PhD in Physics, Dissertation topic: 'Bromine and Chlorine explosion in a simulated atmosphere' at the University of Heidelberg. Her work was focused on Smog chamber studies of atmospheric halogen chemistry at Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research, Atmospheric Chemistry Research Laboratory.

Besides her laboratory work she conducted a number of field campaigns:

  • 2012 Remote sensing using DOAS of SO2 and BrO at Mount Etna (volcano), Sicily, Italy
  • 2008 Remote spectroscopic measurements of NO2 and SO2 fluxes at a field campaign at Canadian Oil Sand Open Pit Mining
  • 2008 Remote measurements using multi-axis-(MAX)-DOAS of IO and BrO as well as air and soil sampling at salt lakes in Namibia and Botswana, South African continent
  • 2008 Vertical profile measurements of NO2 and NO3 using Long-path-DOAS measurements during DOMINO (Diel Oxidant Mechanisms In relation to Nitrogen Oxides) campaign in Southern Spain
  • 2007 MAX-DOAS measurements (remote/ spectroscopic) of Halogen oxides on the Research Vessel 'Marion Dufresne'
  • 2006 & 2007 Long-path-DOAS measurements of IO, BrO and ClO at Mace Head, Ireland

2008 Diploma thesis in environmental physics about 'Optimized long path- DOAS measurements of BrO and ClO on the west coast of Ireland', University of Heidelberg, Germany


  • 2013 A Cavity-Enhanced Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy instrument for measurement of BrO, HCHO, HONO and O3, D. J. Hoch, J. Buxmann, H. Sihler, D. Pohler, C. Zetzsch, and U. Platt, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss 5, 3079-3115.
  • 2012 Observations of bromine explosions in smog chamber experiments above a model salt pan J.Buxmann, N.Balzer, S.Bleicher, Ulrich Platt, C. Zetzsch,International journal of chemical kinetics, DOI: 10.1002/kin.20714.
  • 2012 Halogenation processes of secondary organic aerosol and implications on halogen release mechanisms, J. Ofner, N. Balzer, J. Buxmann, H. Grothe,Ph. Schmitt-Kopplin, U. Platt, and C. Zetzsch, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 57875806
  • 2012 Air Quality Monitoring in the Canadian Oil Sands: Tests of New Technology, U. Platt, K. Seitz, J. Buxmann and H. F. Thimm, OIL GAS European Magazine, in press
  • 2011 Iodine monoxide at a clean marine coastal site: observations of high frequency variations and inhomogeneous distributions, R. Commane, K. Seitz, C. S. E. Bale, W. J. Bloss, J. Buxmann, T. Ingham, U. Platt, D. Pohler, and D. E. Heard, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 6721-6733.
  • 2010 In situ measurements of molecular iodine in the marine boundary layer: the link to macroalgae and the implications for O3, IO, OIO and NOx, R.-J. Huang, K. Seitz, J. Buxmann, D. Pöhler, K. E. Hornsby, L. J. Carpenter, U. Platt, and T. Hoffmann, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 4823-4833.
  • 2010 The spatial distribution of the reactive iodine species IO from simultaneous active and passive DOAS observations, K. Seitz, J. Buxmann, D. Pohler, T. Sommer, J. Tschritter, T. Neary, C. O'Dowd, and U. Platt, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 2117-2128