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Department of Meteorology – University of Reading

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Dr. Martin Airey

Senior Meteorological Support Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Planetary atmospheres
  • Planetary geology
  • Volcanology
  • Atmospheric Electricity

Research Projects:

  • VENI: Venusian Electricity, Nephology, and Ionisation
  • UAEREP: UAE Rain Enhancement Program
  • VOLCLAB: Balloon-borne volcanic laboratory

Postdoctoral & graduate student supervision:


  • Lauren James (UG): Laboratory Studies of Volcanic Lightning on Venus and Early Earth


  • DPhil (Oxon) Earth Sciences (2015)
  • MRes (Lancaster) Science of the Environment (2010)
  • BSc (Hons) (Open) Geosciences (2007)


Centaur Publications

Jump to: 2023 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2015
Number of items: 9.


McGinness, B., Harrison, G. ORCID:, Aplin, K. and Airey, M. ORCID: (2023) Evaluation of a modern point discharge sensor as an atmospheric electricity instrument. In: Electrostatics 2023, 4-7 September 2023, Brunel University. (In Press) (Journal of Physics: Conference Series. ISSN 1742-6588)


Airey, M. W. ORCID:, Nicoll, K. A. ORCID:, Harrison, R. G. ORCID: and Marlton, G. J. (2021) Characteristics of desert precipitation in the UAE derived from a ceilometer dataset. Atmosphere, 12 (10). 1245. ISSN 2073-4433 doi:


Nicoll, K. ORCID:, Harrison, G. ORCID:, Marlton, G. J. and Airey, M. W. ORCID: (2020) Consistent dust electrification from Arabian Gulf sea breezes. Environmental Research Letters, 15 (8). 084050. ISSN 1748-9326 doi:


Dexheimer, D., Airey, M. ORCID:, Roesler, E., Longbottom, C., Nicoll, K. ORCID:, Kneifel, S., Mei, F., Harrison, G. ORCID:, Marlton, G. and Williams, P. ORCID: (2019) Evaluation of ARM Tethered Balloon System instrumentation for supercooled liquid water and distributed temperature sensing in mixed-phase Arctic clouds. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 12 (12). pp. 6845-6864. ISSN 1867-8548 doi:

Nicoll, K. ORCID:, Airey, M. ORCID:, Cimarelli, C., Bennett, A., Harrison, G. ORCID:, Gaudin, D., Aplin, K., Koh, K. L., Knuever, M. and Marlton, G. (2019) First inā€situ observations of gaseous volcanic plume electrification. Geophysical Research Letters, 46 (6). pp. 3532-3539. ISSN 0094-8276 doi:


Harrison, G. ORCID:, Nicoll, K. ORCID:, Marlton, G., Williams, P. ORCID: and Airey, M. ORCID: (2017) A self-calibrating wide range electrometer for in-cloud measurements. Review of Scientific Instruments, 88 (12). 126109. ISSN 0034-6748 doi:

Airey, M. W. ORCID:, Mather, T. A., Pyle, D. M. and Ghail, R. C. (2017) The distribution of volcanism in the Beta-Atla-Themis region of Venus: its relationship to rifting and implications for global tectonic regimes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 122 (8). pp. 1626-1649. ISSN 21699097 doi:

Airey, M. ORCID:, Harrison, G. ORCID:, Nicoll, K. ORCID:, Williams, P. ORCID: and Marlton, G. (2017) A miniature oscillating microbalance for sampling ice and volcanic ash from a small airborne platform. Review of Scientific Instruments, 88 (8). 086108. ISSN 0034-6748 doi:


Airey, M. W. ORCID:, Mather, T. A., Pyle, D. M., Glaze, L. S., Ghail, R. C. and Wilson, C. F. (2015) Explosive volcanic activity on Venus: The roles of volatile contribution, degassing, and external environment. Planetary and Space Science, 113 - 114. 33 - 48. ISSN 0032-0633 doi:

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Last update: 1st February 2024



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