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Dr Gongda Lu


Research Fellow

UCL Department of Geography
North West Wing



I obtained my PhD in Environmental Health and Risk Management from the University of Birmingham in 2022, funded by the China Scholarship Council.
My PhD research assessed the impacts of air quality policies on changes in surface air pollution using a combination of surface measurements, atmospheric modelling (GEOS-Chem) and satellite observations of air quality.


  • PhD in Environmental Health and Risk Management, University of Birmingham, UK, 2018-2022
  • MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control, University of Birmingham, UK, 2016-2017
  • BSc in Environmental Sciences, Henan University, China, 2009-2013


  • Shi, Z. et al., Abrupt but smaller than expected changes in surface air quality attributable to COVID-19 lockdowns, Sci. Adv., 7, eabd6696, 2021, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abd6696.
  • Liu, L. et al., Chemistry of Atmospheric Fine Particles During the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Megacity of Eastern China, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2020GL091611, 2021, doi: 10.1029/2020GL091611.
  • Xu, L. et al., Variation in Concentration and Sources of Black Carbon in a Megacity of China During the COVID‐19 Pandemic, Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, e2020GL090444, 2020, doi: 10.1029/2020GL090444.


At UCL, I work with Dr Eloise Marais at the Atmospheric Composition and Air Quality Group. I am developing and improving software to derive new datasets of atmospheric composition and air quality from observations obtained with instruments in space.