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Roland von Glasow

Roland was an active member of the Global Environmental Change community, having been a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of SOLAS, of the UK International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) National Committee, of iCACGP (international Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution, since 2010) and a co-chair of the SOLAS/IGAC task HitT (Halogens in the Troposphere). 

Roland’s research ambitions were exciting and always original, says a tribute to him on the University of East Anglia (UEA) School of Environment website. In his recent work, Roland pioneered the design and building of a sea ice chamber for the purpose of conducting controlled experimentation on halogen gas flux across the sea ice boundary. This unique facility shows just how much he was able to think beyond current possibilities, and actually invent the way to conduct new research. Roland’s research interests in atmospheric chemistry focused on reactive halogen chemistry in the troposphere, at the air-sea boundary and also in gas emissions from volcanoes. 

Roland joined the UEA in 2007 having studied and worked at the University of Mainz and Max-Planck-Institute in Mainz, Germany, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, and at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.  He was a member of the first international SOLAS summer school (2003) jointly led by colleagues at UEA, which initiated many students to the joys of interdisciplinary research. He quickly went on and led international projects himself, including the Halogens in the Troposphere task force of SOLAS/IGAC, and the fast track initiative on air-sea interactions in megacities and the coastal zone of IGBP. He was a member of numerous scientific committees, generously giving his time and sharing his enthusiasm for research.

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