Dr. Chris McLinden

Research Scientist - Remote sensing of atmospheric composition

Current research and/or projects

Using satellite remote sensing observations to better quantify and understand the distribution, evolution, sources and sinks of air pollutants

  • Retrieval algorithm and forward model development for the retireval of atmospheric composition from UV-visible spectra
  • Application of satellite data to the mapping, evaluation of trends, and quantification of emissions of pollutants from natural and anthropogenic sources
  • Validation of satellite remote sensing data products
  • Understanding and quantifying the evolution of stratospheric ozone and ozone-related trace gases, in particular nitrogen and bromine species

Professional activities / interests

Principal Investigator, Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric composition for Oil Sands monitoring

Education and awards

B.Eng. Engineering Physics, McMaster University, 1993

Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy, York University, 1998


Key publications

McLinden, C. A., et al. 2012. OSIRIS: A decade of scattered light, Bulletin of the Americal Meteorologcial Society. 93: doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00135.1.

McLinden, C. A., V. Fioletov, K. F. Boersma, N. Krotkov, C. E. Sioris, J. P. Veefkind, and K. Yang. 2012. Air quality over the Canadian oil sands: A first assessment using satellite observations. Geophysical Research Letters. 39: L04804. doi:10.1029/2011GL050273.

Fioletov, V. E., C. A. McLinden, N. Krotkov, M. D. Moran, and K. Yang. 2011. Estimation of SO2 emissions using OMI retrievals. Geophysical Research Letters. 38: L21811, 049402.

McLinden, C. A., et al. 2010. Odin/OSIRIS observations of stratospheric BrO: Retrieval methodology, climatology, and inferred Bry. Journal of Geophysical Research. 115: D15308, doi:10.1029/2009JD012488.

McLinden, C. A., C. S. Haley, and C. E. Sioris. 2006. Diurnal effects in limb scatter observations. Journal of Geophysical Research. 111: D14302. doi:10.1029/2005JD006628.

McLinden, C. A., S. Olsen, B. Hannegan, O. Wild, M. J. Prather, and J. Sundet. 2000. Stratospheric ozone in 3-D models: A simple chemistry and the cross-tropopause flux. Journal of Geophysical Research. 105: 14653-14665.

McElroy, C. T., C. A. McLinden, and J. C. McConnell. 1999. Evidence for bromine monoxide in the free troposphere during the Arctic polar sunrise. Nature. 397: 338-341.

Research facility

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5T4


Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan.