Dr Debora Griffin

Research Scientist

Using satellite observations to better understand natural and anthropogenic emissions of pollutants.

- Quantification of emisison sources

- Validation of satellite data

- Improving existing datasets

Current research and/or projects

Using satellite observations to better understand natural and anthropogenic emissions of pollutants.

- Quantification of emission sources

- Validation of satellite data

- Improving existing datasets

- Validation of model output using satellite observations

Research and/or project statements

- Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric composition for Oil Sands monitoring

- Estimating emissions from forest fires

- Validating model output with satellite observations

Professional activities / interests

Using remote sensing observations and model output to help determine the sources and sinks of air pollutants.

Education and awards

PhD, Atmospheric Physics, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada (2017)

MSc, Department of Physics, University of York, UK (2011)

BSc, Department of Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany (2010)

Key publications

Griffin, D., McLinden, C. A., Dammers, E., Adams, C., Stockwell, C. E., Warneke, C., Bourgeois, I., Peischl, J., Ryerson, T. B., Zarzana, K. J., Rowe, J. P., Volkamer, R., Knote, C., Kille, N., Koenig, T. K., Lee, C. F., Rollins, D., Rickly, P. S., Chen, J., Fehr, L., Bourassa, A., Degenstein, D., Hayden, K., Mihele, C., Wren, S. N., Liggio, J., Akingunola, A., and Makar, P.: Biomass burning nitrogen dioxide emissions derived from space with TROPOMI: methodology and validation, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 14, 7929–7957, 2021.

Griffin, D.; McLinden, C.A.; Racine, J.; Moran, M.D.; Fioletov, V.; Pavlovic, R.; Mashayekhi, R.; Zhao, X.; Eskes, H. Assessing the Impact of Corona-Virus-19 on Nitrogen Dioxide Levels over Southern Ontario, Canada. Remote Sens., 12, 4112, 2020.

Griffin, D., Sioris, C., Chen, J., de Graaf, M., Dickson, N., Kovachik, A., Dammers, E., McLinden, C. A., Makar, P., Nanda, S.: The 2018 fire season in North America as seen by TROPOMI: aerosol layer height validation and evaluation of model-derived plume heights, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 13, 1427–1445, 2020

Griffin D., Zhao, X., McLinden, C. A., Boersma, F., Bourassa, A., Dammers, E., Degenstein, D., Eskes, H., Fehr, L., Fioletov, V., Hayden, K., Kharol, S. K., Li, S.-M., Makar, P., Martin, R. V., Mihele, C., Mittermeier, R. L., Krotkov, N., Sneep, M., Lamsal, L. N., ter Linden, M., van Geffe, J., Veefkind, P., and Wolde, M.: High resolution mapping of nitrogen dioxide with TROPOMI: First results and validation over the Canadian oil sands, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 1049– 1060, 2019

Griffin, D., Walker, K. A., Wohltmann, I., Dhomse, S. S., Rex, M., Chipperfield, M. P., Feng, W., Manney, G. L., Liu, J., and Tarasick, D.: Stratospheric ozone loss in the Arctic winters between 2005 and 2013 derived with ACE-FTS measurements, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 577-601, 2019

Griffin, D., Walker, K. A., Conway, S., Strong, K., Kolonjari, F., Batchelor, R., Boone, C. D., Drummond, J. R., Fu, D., Lin, D., Lindenmaier, R., Manney, G. L., and Weaver, D.: Multi-year comparisons of ground-based and space-borne Fourier Transform Spectrometers in the high Arctic between 2006 and 2013, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 10, 3273–3294, 2017

Griffin, D., Walker, K.A., Franklin, J. E., Parrington, M., Whaley, C., Hopper, J., Drummond, J. R., Palmer, P. I., Strong, K., Duck, T. J., Abboud, I., Bernath, P. F., Clerbaux, C., Coheur. P.-F., Curry, K. R., Dan, L., Hyer, E., Kliever, J., Lesins, G., Maurice, M., Saha, A., Tereszchuk, K., and Weaver, D.: Investigation of CO, C2H6 and aerosols in a boreal fire plume over eastern Canada during BORTAS 2011 using ground- and satellite-based observations and model simulations, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13: 10227–10241, 2013

Doeringer, D. (now Griffin, D.), Eldering, A., Boone, C. D., González Abad, G., and Bernath, P. F.: Observation of sulfate aerosols and SO2 from the Sarychev volcanic eruption using data from the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE), Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, D03203: 1-15, 2012


Co-authored publications:

 Fioletov, V., McLinden, C. A., Griffin, D., Krotkov, N., Liu, F., and Eskes, H.: Quantifying urban, industrial, and background changes in NO2 during the COVID-19 lockdown period based on TROPOMI satellite observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. [preprint], https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-536, in review, 2021.

Theys, N., Fioletov, V., Li, C., De Smedt, I., Lerot, C., McLinden, C., Krotkov, N., Griffin, D., Clarisse, L., Hedelt, P., Loyola, D., Wagner, T., Kumar, V., Innes, A., Ribas, R., Hendrick, F., Vlietinck, J., Brenot, H., and Van Roozendael, M.: A sulfur dioxide Covariance-Based Retrieval Algorithm (COBRA): application to TROPOMI reveals new emission sources, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2021.

Mashayekhi, R., Pavlovic, R., Racine, J., Moran, M. D., Manseau, P. M., Duhamel, A., Katal, A., Miville, J., Niemi, D., Peng, S. J., Sassi, M., Griffin, D., and McLinden, C. A.: : Isolating the impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on urban air quality in Canada. Air Qual Atmos Health 14, 1549–1570, 2021.

McLinden, C.A., Adams, C. L. F., Fioletov, V., Griffin, D., Makar, P. A., Zhao, X., Kovachik, A., Dickson, N., Brown, C., Krotkov, N.: Inconsistencies in sulfur dioxide emissions from the Canadian oil sands and potential implications, Environ. Res. Lett., 16, 014012, 2021.

Goldberg, D. L., Anenberg, S. C., Griffin, D., McLinden, C. A., Lu, Z., & Streets, D. G.: Disentangling the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns on urban NO2 from natural variability. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL089269, 2020.

Fioletov, V., McLinden, C. A., Griffin, D., Theys, N., Loyola, D. G., Hedelt, P., Krotkov, N. A., and Li, C.: Anthropogenic and volcanic point source SO2 emissions derived from TROPOMI onboard Sentinel 5 Precursor: first results, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 5591–5607, 2020.

Zhao, X., Griffin, D., Fioletov, V., McLinden, C., Cede, A., Tiefengraber, A., Muller, M., Bognar, K., Strong, K., Boersma, F., Eskes, H., Davies, J., Ogyu, A, and Lee, S. C.: Assessment of the quality of TROPOMI high-spatial-resolution NO2 data products, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques,  13, 2131–2159, 2020.

Shephard, M., Dammers, E., Cady-Pereira, K. E., Kharol, S. K., Thompson, J., Gainariu-Matz, Y., Zhang, J., McLinden, C. A., Kovachik, A., Moran, M., Bittman, S., Sioris, C., Griffin, D., Alvarado, M. J., Lonsdale, C., Savic-Jovcic, V., and Zheng, Q.: Ammonia measurements from space with the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS): characteristics and applications, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 20, 2277–2302, 2020.

Goldberg, D., Lu, Z., Streets, D. G., de Foy, B., Griffin, D., McLinden, C., Lamsal, L., Krotkov, N., and Eskes, H.: Enhanced capabilities of TROPOMI NO2: Estimating NOx from North American cities and power plants, Environmental Science and Technology, 53, 21, 12594-12601, 2019.

Liu, F., Duncan, B., Krotkov, N., Lamsal, L., Beirle, S., Griffin, D., McLinden, C., Goldberg, D., and Lu, Z.: A methodology to constrain carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants using satellite observations of co-emitted nitrogen dioxide, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, acp-2019-521, 2019.

Dammers, E., McLinden, C., Griffin, D., Shephard, M., Van Der Graaf, S., Lutsch, E., Schaap, M., Gainairu-Matz, Y., Fioletov, V., Van Damme, M., Whitburn, S., Clarisse, L., Cady-Pereira, K., Clerbaux, C., Coheur, P.-F., and Erisman, J. W.: NH3 emissions from large point sources derived from CrIS and IASI satellite observations, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 19, 12261–12293, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-12261-2019, 2019.

Goldberg, D., Lu, Z., Oda, T., Lamsal, L., Liu, F., Griffin, D., McLinden, C., Krotkov, N. A., Duncan, B.,and Streets, D.: Exploiting OMI NO2 satellite observations to infer fossil-fuel CO2 emissions from U.S. megacities, Science of the Total Environment, 695, 133805, 2019.

Garane, K., Koukouli, M.-E., Verhoelst, T., Fioletov, V., Lerot, C., Heue, K.-P., Bais, A., Balis, D., Bazureau, A., Dehn, A., Goutail, F., Granville, J., Griffin, D., Hubert, D., Keppens, A., Lambert, J.-C., Loyola, D., McLinden, C., Pazmino, A., Pommereau, J.-P., Redondas, A., Romahn, F., Valks, P., Van Roozendael, M., Xu, J., Zehner, C., Zerefos, C., and Zimmer, W.: TROPOMI/S5ptotal ozone column data: global ground-based validation & consistency with other satellite missions, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 12, 5263–5287, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5263-2019, 2019.

Bognar, K., Bourassa, A., Duff, A., Pazmino, A., McElroy, C. T., Sioris, C., Boone, C., McLinden, C., Griffin, D., Degenstein, D. A., Lutsch, E., Goutail, F., Manney, G., Drummond, J., Zou, J., Walker, K., Strong, K., Millán, L. F., Jeffery, P. S., and Zhao, X.: Updated validation of ACE and OSIRIS ozone and NO2 measurements in the Arctic using ground-based instruments at Eureka, Canada, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 106571, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jqsrt.2019.07.014, 2019.

Zhao, X., Griffin, D., Fioletov, V., McLinden, C., Davies, J., Ogyu, A., Lee, S. C., Lupu, A., Moran, M. D., Cede, A., Tiefengraber, M., and Müller, M.: Retrieval of total column and surface NO2 from Pandora zenith-sky measurements, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 10619–10642, 2019.

Franco, B., Mahieu, M., Emmons, L. K., Tzompa-Sosa, Z. A., Fischer, E. V., Sudo, K., Bovy, B., Conway, S., Griffin, D., Hannigan, W., Strong, K., and Walker, K. A.: Evaluating ethane and methane emissions associated with the development of oil and natural gas extraction in North America, Environmental Research Letters, 11, 044010: 1-11, 2016.

Franklin, J. E., Drummond, J. R., Griffin, D., Pierce, J. R., Waugh, D. L., Palmer, P. I., Chisholm, L., Duck, T. J., Hopper, J. T., Gibson, M., Curry, K. R., Sakamoto, K. M., Lesins, G. L., Walker, K. A., Dan, L., Kliever, J., and O’Neill, N.: A case study of aerosol depletion in a biomass burning plume over Eastern Canada during the 2011 BORTAS field experiment, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14: 8449–8460, 2014.



Air Quality Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada



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