Christopher Kelly

Software Engineer


Chris Kelly is a software engineer working on the acquisition and pre-processing of atmospheric composition observational datasets for ECMWF. His work contributes to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) forecast and reanalysis efforts. He is also involved in the CO2 Monitoring and Verification Support Capacity (CO2MVS). Chris utilises observations from a range of instruments, notably including those on-board the family of Sentinel satellites developed by ESA for the Copernicus programme.

Chris gained a background in atmospheric chemistry from his PhD research project on the chemistry and transport of layered phenomena in the upper atmosphere. He has experience of satellite instrument operations from his previous position where he worked on the ESA Solar Orbiter mission.

Professional interests:
  • Atmospheric chemistry and composition
  • Satellite data pre-processing
  • Binary Universal Form for the Representation of meteorological data (BUFR)
Career background:
  • 2023-present: Software Engineer (Forecasts and Services Department), ECMWF
  • 2020-2023: Research Fellow (Department of Space and Climate Physics), University College London, UK
  • 2016-2020: PhD (School of Earth and Environment), University of Leeds, UK
  • 2013-2016: BSc Physics with Astrophysics (College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences), University of Exeter, UK