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Dr. James R. Drummond

Canada MOPITT Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 4R2

Phone: +1 902-494-3540

Email: james.drummond@dal.ca


Dr. James R. Drummond is a leader in building Canadian satellite experiments, such as MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere), which is providing a picture of pollution over the entire globe. He also worked on the Canadian SciSat mission looking at ozone levels in the Canadian Arctic, and the PEARL (Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory) in Canada’s Far North.

An international leader in space instrument design, testing and deployment, Drummond is coming up with more effective and more comprehensive ways of monitoring the health of the atmosphere.
By developing new, specialized instruments, Drummond and his colleagues are able to take better measurements of the gases and particles in the atmosphere and thus gain a deeper understanding of what is happening to the air. Their research is taking us one step closer to a time when we will have a continuous real-time picture of the atmosphere.

An extremely significant part of Dr. Drummond’s research effort in the last 30 years has been devoted to the Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument to measure carbon monoxide in the troposphere. The MOPITT project is directly funded by the Canadian Space Agency.

Drummond has been involved in a number of other projects including: Sub-Doppler Infrared Spectroscopic Studies of Line Shape and Broadening Mechanisms, the Middle Atmosphere Nitrogen Trends Assessment (MANTRA), the SCISAT program, a Mission to the Atmosphere of Mars, an Industrial Research Chair, a Canadian Research Chair, the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC), the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) and the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO).

Drummond has degrees in physics and atmospheric physics from Oxford University.