Dr. Jamie Banks

Leibniz Institute for

Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig  


Phone: +49 341 2717-7357

Mail: banks@tropos.de  

Room: 116 (Geb. 23.1)






Modelling of atmospheric processes


Research interests:

- Simulations of SEVIRI Desert Dust RGB imagery, using COSMO-MUSCAT and RTTOV.

- Satellite measurements of North African and Arabian desert dust over land and ocean.

- Measurements and simulations of the radiative impacts of desert dust.

- Simulations of the consequences of Middle Eastern and Central Asian desertification for regional dust activity


Current project:

  • DESERT-TIME: Consequences of DESERTification for the radiaTive Impact of atmospheric dust over the Middle East


Past projects:    


Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Academic qualifications  

2002-2006: MSci Physics, Durham University

2006-2010: DPhil Atmospheric Physics, University of Oxford


Research Experience

2010-2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London

2016-present: Scientist, TROPOS



- Banks, J. R., Hünerbein, A., Heinold, B., Brindley, H. E., Deneke, H., and Schepanski, K.: The sensitivity of the colour of dust in MSG-SEVIRI Desert Dust infrared composite imagery to surface and atmospheric conditions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19, 6893-6911, doi:10.5194/acp-19-6893-2019, 2019.

- Banks, J. R., Schepanski, K., Heinold, B., Hünerbein, A., and Brindley, H. E.: The influence of dust optical properties on the colour of simulated MSG-SEVIRI Desert Dust infrared imagery, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 9681-9703, doi:10.5194/acp-18-9681-2018, 2018.

- Banks, J. R., Brindley, H. E., Stenchikov, G., Schepanski, K.: Satellite retrievals of dust aerosol over the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf (2005–2015), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, 3987-4003, doi:10.5194/acp-17-3987-2017, 2017.  

- Bou Karam Francis, D., Flamant, C., Chaboureau, J.-P., Banks, J., Cuesta, J., Brindley, H., Oolman, L.: Dust emission and transport over Iraq associated with the summer Shamal winds, Aeolian Research, 24, 15-31, doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2016.11.001, 2017.  

- Marsham, J. H., Parker, D. J., Todd, M. C., Banks, J. R., Brindley, H. E., Garcia-Carreras, L., Roberts, A. J., and Ryder, C. L.: The contrasting roles of water and dust in controlling daily variations in radiative heating of the summertime Saharan heat low, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16, 3563-3575, doi:10.5194/acp-16-3563-2016, 2016.  

- Heinold, B., Tegen, I., Schepanski, K., and Banks, J. R.: New developments in the representation of Saharan dust sources in the aerosol–climate model ECHAM6-HAM2, Geoscientific Model Development, 9, 765-777, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-765-2016, 2016.  

- Brindley, H., Osipov, S., Bantges, R., Smirnov, A., Banks, J., Levy, R., Jish Prakash, P., and Stenchikov, G.: An assessment of the quality of aerosol retrievals over the Red Sea and evaluation of the climatological dust cloud-free direct radiative effect in the region, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD023282, 2015.  

- Osipov, S., Stenchikov, G., Brindley, H., and Banks, J.: Diurnal cycle of the dust instantaneous direct radiative forcing over the Arabian Peninsula, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 9537-9553, doi:10.5194/acp-15-9537-2015, 2015.  

- Ryder, C. L., McQuaid, J. B., Flamant, C., Rosenberg, P. D., Washington, R., Brindley, H. E., Highwood, E. J., Marsham, J. H., Parker, D. J., Todd, M. C., Banks, J. R., Brooke, J. K., Engelstaedter, S., Estelles, V., Formenti, P., Garcia-Carreras, L., Kocha, C., Marenco, F., Sodemann, H., Allen, C. J. T., Bourdon, A., Bart, M., Cavazos-Guerra, C., Chevaillier, S., Crosier, J., Darbyshire, E., Dean, A. R., Dorsey, J. R., Kent, J., O'Sullivan, D., Schepanski, K., Szpek, K., Trembath, J., and Woolley, A.: Advances in understanding mineral dust and boundary layer processes over the Sahara from Fennec aircraft observations, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 8479-8520, doi:10.5194/acp-15-8479-2015, 2015.  

- Klüser, L., Banks, J. R., Martynenko, D., Bergemann, C., Brindley, H. E., and Holzer-Popp, T.: Information content of space-borne hyperspectral infrared observations with respect to mineral dust properties, Remote Sensing of Environment, 156, 294-309, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.09.036, 2015.  

- Banks, J. R., Brindley, H. E., Hobby, M., and Marsham, J. H.: The daytime cycle in dust aerosol direct radiative effects observed in the central Sahara during the Fennec campaign in June 2011, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD022077, 2014.  

- Newton, B., Cowie, S., Rijks, D., Banks, J., Brindley, H., and Marsham, J. H.: Solar Cooking in the Sahel, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95, 1325-1328, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00182.1, 2014.  

- Banks, J. R., Brindley, H. E., Flamant, C., Garay, M. J., Hsu, N. C., Kalashnikova, O. V., Klüser, L., and Sayer, A. M.: Intercomparison of satellite dust retrieval products over the west African Sahara during the Fennec campaign in June 2011, Remote Sensing of  Environment, 136, 99-116, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2013.05.003, 2013.  

- Schepanski, K., Flamant, C., Chaboureau, J.-P., Kocha, C., Banks, J. R., Brindley, H. E., Lavaysse, C., Marnas, F., Pelon, J., and Tulet, P.: Characterization of dust emission from alluvial sources using aircraft observations and high-resolution modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50538, 2013.  

- Marsham, J. H., Hobby, M., Allen, C. J. T., Banks, J. R., Bart, M., Brooks, B. J., Cavazos-Guerra, C., Engelstaedter, S., Gascoyne, M., Lima, A., Martins, V., McQuaid, J. B., O’Leary, A., Ouchene, B., Ouladichir, A., Parker, D. J., Saci, A., Salah-Ferroudj, M., Todd, M. C., and Washington, R.: Meteorology and dust in the central Sahara: Observations from Fennec supersite-1 during the June 2011 Intensive Observation Period, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50211, 2013.  

- Banks, J. R. and Brindley, H. E.: Evaluation of MSG-SEVIRI mineral dust retrieval products over North Africa and the Middle East, Remote Sensing of Environment, 128, 58-73, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2012.07.017, 2013.  

- Ryder, C. L., Highwood, E. J., Rosenberg, P. D., Trembath, J., Brooke, J. K., Bart, M., Dean, A., Crosier, J., Dorsey, J., Brindley, H., Banks, J., Marsham, J. H., McQuaid, J. B., Sodemann, H., and  Washington, R.: Optical properties of Saharan dust aerosol and contribution from the coarse mode as measured during the Fennec 2011 aircraft campaign, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 303-325, doi:10.5194/acp-13-303-2013, 2013.