Dr Scott Chambers

Atmospheric Physicist
Phone - +61 2 9717 3058
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Role at ANSTO


Scott is a Research Scientist in the Isotopes in Climate Change and Atmospheric Systems Project within the Institute for Environmental Research. He is primarily involved in developing, deploying and operating ground-based and airborne detectors for the monitoring of atmospheric Radon-222 (radon) and radon emanation. His research interests involve using radon as a tracer of atmospheric transport and mixing and investigating the use of such datasets for the evaluation of weather and climate models.




Radon, radon flux, boundary-layer meteorology, surface-atmosphere interaction, atmospheric transport, vertical mixing


Qualifications & Achievements


  • 19 research articles published in refereed international journals.
  • Post doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, investigating the regional climatic effects of natural disturbance (by fire) of the Boreal Forest regions of Alaska and Siberia Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry, The Flinders University of South Australia (1997)

Selected publications

Chambers, S., Kang, C-H, Williams, A., Crawford, J., Griffiths, A., Kim, K-H., Kim, W-H. (2016) Improving the representation of Cross-Boundary Transport of Anthropogenic Pollution in East Asia Using Radon-222. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 16:958-976, 2016 (doi:10.4209/aaqr.2015.08.0522)


Chambers, SD., Galeriu, D., Williams, A.G., Melintescu, A., Griffiths, A.D., Crawford, J., Dyer, L., Duma, M., and Zorila, B. 2015: 'Atmospheric stability effects on potential radiological release at a nuclear research facility in Romania: characterising the atmospheric mixing state', Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 154, 68-82.


Chambers, SD., Williams, AG., Conen, F., Griffiths, AD., Reimann, S, Steinbacher, M., Krummel, PB., Steele, LP., van der Schoot, MV, Galbally, IE., Molloy, SB., and Barnes, JE. 2015: 'Towards a universal "baseline" characterisation of air masses for high-and-low-altitude observing stations using Radon-222'. Aerosol and Air Quality Research 16, 885-899.


Amiro, B., A. Orchansky, A. Barr, A. Black, S.D. Chambers, F.S. Chapin, III, M. Goulden, M. Litvak, H. Liu, H. McCaughey, A. McMillan and J.T. Randerson, (2006), The effect of post-fire stand age on the Boreal Forest energy balance, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 140, 41-50.

Chambers, S., A.G. Williams, W. Zahorowski, A. Griffiths and J. Crawford, (2011), Separating remote fetch and local mixing influences on vertical radon measurements in the lower atmosphere, Tellus, 63B, 843-859, DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0889.2011.00565.x.

Chambers, S., W. Zahorowski, A.G. Williams, J. Crawford and A. Griffiths, (2012), Identifying tropospheric baseline air masses at Mauna Loa Observatory between 2004 and 2010 using Radon-222 and back trajectories, Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 118, 1-13.

Chambers, S.D, J. Beringer, J.T. Randerson, F.S. Chapin III., (2005), Fire effects on net radiation and energy partitioning: Contrasting responses of tundra and boreal forest ecosystems. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 110, D09106, doi:10.1029/2004JD005299.

Chambers, S.D. and Chapin, F.S. III., (2002), Fire effects on surface-atmosphere energy exchange in Alaskan black spruce ecosystems: implications for feedbacks to regional climate, Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 108 (D1), 8145.

Chambers, S.D., A.G. Williams, J. Crawford and A.D. Griffiths. On the use of radon for quantifying the effects of atmospheric stability on urban emissions. Atmos. Cham. Phys. Discuss., acp-2014-616, 2014.

Chambers, S.D., S.-B. Hong, A.G. Williams, J. Crawford, A.D. Griffiths, and S.-J. Park. Characterising terrestrial influences on Antarctic air masses using radon-222 measurements at King George Island. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 14, 11541-11576, 2014, doi:10.5194/acpd-14-1-2014.

Chambers, S.D., W. Zahorowski, K. Matsumoto and M. Uematsu, (2008), Seasonal variability of radon-derived fetch regions for Sado Island, Japan, based on 3 years of observations: 2002-2004, Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.09.075, 9 pp.

Crawford J., Chambers S.D., Cohen D.D., Dyer L., Wang, T. and Zahorowski W., (2007), Receptor modelling using positive matrix factorization, back trajectories and radon-222, Atmospheric Environment, 41(32), 6823-6837.

Crawford, J., Cohen, D.D., Chambers, S., Williams, A.G., and Stelcer, E., 2013: ‘Incorporation of Radon-222 as a parameter in ME-2 to improve apportionment of PM2.5 sources in the Sydney region’, Atmospheric Environment 80, 378-388. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.08.015.

Crawford, J., D.D. Cohen, W. Zahorowski, S. Chambers and E. Stelcer, (2011), A new method to combine IBA of fine aerosols with Radon-222 to determine source characteristics, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, pp. 12. DOI:10.1016/j.nimb.2011.06.007.

Crawford, J., W. Zahorowski, D.D. Cohen, S. Chambers, E. Stelcer, and S. Werczynski, (2013), Estimating the near-surface daily fine aerosol load-using hourly radon-222 observations. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 4, 1-13.

Eugster W, Rouse WR, Pielke RA, McFadden JP, Baldocchi DD, Kittel TGF, Chapin FS, Liston GE, Vidale PL, Vaganov E, Chambers S., (2000), Land-atmosphere energy exchange in Arctic tundra and boreal forest: available data and feedbacks to climate, Global Change Biology, 6:84-115 Suppl. 1, DEC 2000.

Griffiths, A.D., Parkes, S.D., Chambers, S.D., McCabe, M.F., and Williams, A.G., (2013), Improved mixing height monitoring through a combination of lidar and radon measurements, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 6, 207-218. DOI: 10.5194/amt-6-207-2013.

Griffiths, Alan D., Franz Conen, Ernest Weingartner, Lukas Zimmermann, Scott Chambers and Alastair Williams. Surface-to-mountaintop transport characterised by radon observations at the Jungfraujoch. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 14, 18083-18126, 2014, doi:10.5194/acpd-14-18083-2014.

Kim, W-H, Ko, H-J, Hu, C-G, Lee, H, Lee, C, Chambers, S, Williams, AG, and Kang, C-H, 2014: ‘Background Level of Atmospheric Radon-222 Concentrations at Gosan Station, Jeju Island, Korea in 2011’, Bull. Korean Chem. Soc. 35 (4), 1149-1153.

Locatelli, R., P. Bousquet, F. Hourdin, M. Saunois, A. Cozic, F. Couvreux, J.-Y. Grandpeix, M.-P. Lefebvre, C. Rio, A.G. Williams and S.D. Chambers. Atmospheric transport and chemistry of trace gases in LMDz5B: evaluation and implications for inverse modelling. Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., 7, 4993-5048, 2014, doi:10.5194/gmdd-7-4993-2014.

Loh, Z.M., Law, R.M., Haynes, K.D., Krummel, P.B., Steele, L.P., Fraser, P.J., Chambers, S. and Williams, A. Methane simulations at Cape Grim, Tasmania to determine South East Australian methane emissions. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., acp-2014-615, 2014.

Randerson, J.T., H. Liu, M.G. Flanner, S.D. Chambers, Y.Jin, P.G. Hess, G. Pfister, M.C. Mack, K.K. Treseder, L.R. Welp, F.S. Chapin, J.W. Harden, M.L. Goulden, E. Lyons, J.C. Neff, E.A.G. Schuur, and C.S. Zender, (2006), The impact of boreal forest fire on climate warming, Science, 314, 17, 1130-1132.

Williams, A.G., Chambers, S., and Griffiths, A., 2013: ‘Bulk mixing and decoupling of the Nocturnal Boundary Layer Characterised Using a Ubiquitous Natural Tracer’. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 149, 381-402. DOI:10.1007/s10546-013-9849-3.

Williams, A.G., Chambers, S., Zahorowski, W., Crawford, J., Matsumoto, K. and Uematsu, M., (2009), Estimating the Asian radon flux density and its latitudinal gradient in winter using ground-based radon observations at Sado Island, Tellus, 61B, 732-746.

Williams, A.G., W. Zahorowski, S. Chambers, A. Griffiths, J.M. Hacker A. Element, S. Werczynski, (2011), The Vertical Distribution of Radon in Clear and Cloudy Daytime Terrestrial Boundary Layers, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68, 155-174. DOI:10.1175/2012JAS3576.1.

Zahorowski, W., A. Griffiths, S. Chambers, A. G. Williams, R. M. Law, J. Crawford, and S. Werczynski, (2012), Constraining annual and seasonal radon-222 flux density from the Southern Ocean using radon-222 concentrations in the boundary layer at Cape Grim, Tellus B, 65, 19622, pp 18,  http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/tellusb.v65i0.19622.

Zahorowski, W., S.D. Chambers, T. Wang, C.-H. Kang, I. Uno, S. Poon, S.-N. Oh, S. Werczynski, J. Kim and A. Henderson-Sellers, (2005), Radon-222 in boundary layer and free tropospheric continental outflow events at three ACE-Asia sites, Tellus B, 57, 124-140.


Book chapters

Zahorowski, W., S. Chambers, J. Crawford, A.G. Williams, D.D. Cohen, A.T. Vermeulen and B. Verheggen, 2012: ‘222Rn observations for climate and air quality studies’, in Sources and Measurements of Radon and Radon Progeny Applied to Climate and Air Quality Studies, IAEA Proceedings Series STI/PUB/1541 2012, p77-96. http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/P1541_web.pdf