Dr James Levine

Dr James Levine

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Co-Investigator & Researcher

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

James Levine’s interests straddle the natural and built environments, and increasingly focus on the area of overlap between the two.  James is particularly interested in the benefits of green infrastructure – to both people and planet – in the context of ecosystem services and Natural Capital.  He is currently Co-Investigator / Researcher of a NERC Innovation Pathfinder project (ref. NE/S00582X/1) to scope, through a process of consultation and co-design with its end-users, the development of a computer-modelling platform to predict quantitatively the impacts of strategic green infrastructure on roadside air quality at planning.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-levine-cambridge/

Qualifications

  • PhD Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge
  • MSci (Hons) MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • BArch (Hons) Architecture, University of Lincoln

Biography

James has spent the best part of 15 years in academic research in the field of atmospheric science, including: 6 years at the University of Cambridge, 6 years at the British Antarctic Survey, and 2 years at the University of Birmingham (prior to his current position).  The common thread running throughout this research was the influence that vegetation has on atmospheric composition and, hence, the quality of air we breathe and the climate in which we live.

This has given James valuable experience of: quantitative research (primarily computer modelling akin to numerical weather prediction); scientific communication (written and verbal); project coordination (e.g. of the European FP6 thematic project, Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security – Global Atmospheric Observations); and collaboration-building (including between academia and industry).

Meanwhile, an increasing interest in sustainable urban development, particularly low-carbon design (i.e. minimising the embodied energy, and operational energy demands, of the built environment), led James to study architecture.  Following his 'Part I', he spent the best part of 2 years in architectural practice, developing an environmental agenda and gaining valuable insights into the planning process.

James is now combining his interests in the natural and built environments, focusing on an area of overlap between the two: the benefits of green infrastructure in the context of ecosystem services and Natural Capital.  He is currently scoping the development of a computer-modelling platform to predict quantitatively the impacts of strategic green infrastructure on roadside air quality, through a process of consultation and co-design with its target end-users.

Research

  • Green infrastructure, ecosystem services and Natural Capital
  • Air quality improvement and climate-change mitigation/adaptation
  • Urban development: environmental and socio-economic sustainability

Publications

Fawole, O. G., X. Cai, J. G. Levine, R. T. Pinker, and A. R. MacKenzie, Detection of a gas flaring signature in the AERONET optical properties of aerosols at a tropical station in West Africa, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2016JD025584, 2016.

Kourtchev, I., R. Godoi, S. Connors, J. Levine, A. Archibald, A. Godoi, S. Paralovo, C. Barbosa, R. A. Souza, A. Manzi, R. Seco, S. Sjostedt, J.-H. Park, A. Guenther, S. Kim, J. Smith, S. Martin, and M. Kalberer, Molecular composition of organic aerosols in central Amazonia: an ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-404, 2016.

Levine, J. G., A. R. MacKenzie, O. J. Squire, A. T. Archibald,
P. T. Griffiths, N. L. Abraham, J. A. Pyle, D. E. Oram, G. Forster,
J. F. Brito, J. D. Lee, J. R. Hopkins, A. C. Lewis, S. J. B. Bauguitte,
C. F. Demarco, P. Artaxo, P. Messina, J. Lathière, D. A. Hauglustaine, E. House, C. N. Hewitt, and E. Nemitz, Isoprene chemistry in pristine and polluted Amazon environments: Eulerian and Lagrangian model frameworks and the strong bearing they have on our understanding of surface ozone and predictions of rainforest exposure to this priority pollutant, Atm. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-24251-2015, 2015.

Quiquet, A., A. T. Archibald, A. D. Friend, J. Chappelaz, J. G. Levine, E. J. Stone, P. J. Telford, and J. A. Pyle, The relative importance of methane sources and sinks during the Last Interglacial period and into the last glaciation, Quat. Sci. Rev., 112, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.01.004, 2015.

Levine, J. G., X. Yang, A. E. Jones, and E. W. Wolff, Sea salt as an ice core proxy for past sea ice extent: a process-based model study, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2013JD020925, 2014.

Foley, A. M., D. Dalmonech, A. D. Friend, F. Aires, A. Archibald, P. Bartlein, L. Bopp, J. Chappellaz, P. Cox, N. R. Edwards, G. Feulner, P. Friedlingstein, S. P. Harrison, P. O. Hopcroft, C. D. Jones, J. Kolassa, J. G. Levine, I. C. Prentice, J. Pyle, N. Vázquez Riveiros, E. W. Wolff, and S. Zaehle, Evaluation of biospheric components in Earth system models using modern and palaeo observations: the state-of-the-art, Biogeosciences, 10, doi:10.5194/bg-10-8305-2013, 2013.

Levine, J. G., E. W. Wolff, P. O. Hopcroft, and P. J. Valdes, Controls on the tropospheric oxidizing capacity during an idealized Dansgaard-Oeschger event, and their implications for the rapid rises in atmospheric methane during the last glacial period, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12805, doi:10.1029/2012GL051866, 2012.

Levine, J. G., E. W. Wolff, A. E. Jones, L. C. Sime, P. J. Valdes, A. T. Archibald, G. D. Carver, N. J. Warwick, and J. A. Pyle, Reconciling the changes in atmospheric methane sources and sinks between the Last Glacial Maximum and the pre-industrial era, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, 867 L23804, doi:10.1029/2011GL049545, 2011.

Archibald, A. T., J. G. Levine, N. L. Abraham, M. C. Cooke, P. M. Edwards, D. E. Heard, M. E. Jenkin, A. Karunaharan, R. C. Pike, P. S. Monks, D. E. Shallcross, P. J. Telford, L. K. Whalley, and J. A. Pyle, Impacts of HOx regeneration and recycling in the oxidation of isoprene: Consequences for the composition of past, present and future atmospheres, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L05804, doi:10.1029/2010GL046520, 2011.

Levine, J. G., E. W. Wolff, A. E. Jones, and L. C. Sime, The role of atomic chlorine in glacial‐interglacial changes in the carbon-13 content of atmospheric methane, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L04801, doi:10.1029/2010GL046122, 2011.

Levine, J. G., E. W. Wolff, A. E. Jones, M. A. Hutterli, O. Wild, G. D. Carver, and J. A. Pyle, In search of an ice core signal to differentiate between source‐driven and sink‐driven changes in atmospheric methane, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D05305, doi:10.1029/2010JD014878, 2011.

Levine, J. G., P. Braesicke, N. R. P. Harris, and J. A. Pyle, Seasonal and inter-annual variations in troposphere-to-stratosphere transport from the tropical tropopause layer, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, doi:10.5194/acp-8-3689-2008, 2008.

Levine, J. G., P. Braesicke, N. R. P. Harris, N. H. Savage, and J. A. Pyle, Pathways and timescales for troposphere-to-stratosphere transport via the tropical tropopause layer and their relevance for very short lived substances, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D04308, doi:10.1029/2005JD006940, 2007.

Cook, P. A., N. H. Savage, S. Turquety, G. D. Carver, F. M. O'Connor, A. Heckel, D. Stewart, L. K. Whalley, A. E. Parker, H. Schlager, H. B. Singh, M. A. Avery, G. W. Sachse, W. Brune, A. Richter, J. P. Burrows, R. Purvis, A. C. Lewis, C. E. Reeves, P. S. Monks, J. G. Levine, and J. A. Pyle, Forest fire plumes over the North Atlantic: p-TOMCAT model simulations with aircraft and satellite measurements from the ITOP/ICARTT Campaign, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D10S43, doi:10.1029/2006JD007563, 2007.

Braathen, G., N. Harris, and J. Levine(Eds), GMES-GATO, A European Strategy for Global Atmospheric Monitoring, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications on the European Communities, EUR 21154, ISBN 92-894-4734-6, 2004.

Harris, N. R. P., G. T. Amanatidis, and J. G. Levine(Eds), Stratospheric Ozone 2002, Proceedings to the Sixth European Symposium, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications on the European Communities, EUR 20650, ISBN 92-894-5484-9, 2003.

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