Dr Alan Griffiths

Atmospheric Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 9360
Alan Griffiths



Role at ANSTO 


Alan studies atmospheric mixing and transport in the lower atmosphere within the Isotopes in Climate Change & Atmospheric Systems program. Activities include field data acquisition and analysis, including eddy covariance flux measurements; lidar remote sensing of the boundary layer; and modelling studies using meteorological and dispersion models. Recent work includes testing parameterisations in an atmospheric model using airborne radon measurements and mapping radon exhalation at the Australian land surface.



Micrometeorology, boundary-layer meteorology, atmospheric turbulence, modelling, radioactive tracers, model verification, lidar remote sensing.

Qualifications & Achievements

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, University of New South Wales
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Australian National University (2004)

Selected publications

Chambers, S. D., Zahorowski, W., Williams, A. G., Crawford, J. and Griffiths, A. D.: 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(2), 992–1004, doi:10.1029/2012JD018212, 2013.

Griffiths, A. D., Parkes, S. D., Chambers, S. D., McCabe, M. F. and Williams, A. G.: Improved mixing height monitoring through a combination of lidar and radon measurements, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 6(2), 207–218, doi:10.5194/amt-6-207-2013, 2013.

Griffiths, A. D., Zahorowski, W., Element, A. and Werczynski, S.: A map of radon flux at the Australian land surface, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10(18), 8969–8982, doi:10.5194/acp-10-8969-2010, 2010.     

Williams, A. G., Zahorowski, W., Chambers, S., Griffiths, A., Hacker, J. M., Element, A. and Werczynski, S.: The Vertical Distribution of Radon in Clear and Cloudy Daytime Terrestrial Boundary Layers, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68(1), 155–174, doi:10.1175/2010JAS3576.1, 2011.

Zahorowski, W., Griffiths, A. D., Chambers, S. D., Williams, A. G., Law, R. M., Crawford, J. and Werczynski, S.: 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(0), doi:10.3402/tellusb.v65i0.19622, 2013.

Zhang, K., Feichter, J., Kazil, J., Wan, H., Zhuo, W., Griffiths, A. D., Sartorius, H., Zahorowski, W., Ramonet, M., Schmidt, M., Yver, C., Neubert, R. E. M. and Brunke, E.-G.: Radon activity in the lower troposphere and its impact on ionization rate: a global estimate using different radon emissions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11(15), 7817–7838, doi:10.5194/acp-11-7817-2011, 2011.