CV Curtis Wood

Curtis Wood

Title Senior research, air quality unit


Postal address P.O. Box 503, FI 00101 HELSINKI, FINLAND

Street address Erik Palménin aukio 1, 00560 HELSINKI

Phone number +358 504058034

Fax +358 29 539 5403

Fields of expertise

  • Turbulence and boundary-layer structure (e.g. data analysis for fluxes of heat, moisture, tracers and momentum; boundary-layer height / mixing height)
  • General environmental and atmospheric physics observations (e.g. measurements with eddy-covariance, lidar, scintillometer, sodar, etc)
  • Urban dispersion (mostly field campaigns, but also modelling)


  • Urban climate observations in London (Advanced Climate Technology Urban Atmospheric Laboratory:
  • Urban climate observations in Helsinki


List of publications

Peer-reviewed publications

23 van Dinther D, Wood CR, Hartogensis OK, Nordbo A, and O'Connor EJ "Observing crosswind over urban terrain using scintillometer and Doppler lidar" (2015) Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 8: 1901-1911

22 Barlow JF, Halios C, Lane SE, Wood CR (2014) Observations of urban boundary layer structure during a strong urban heat island event. Environ Fluid Mech, 10.1007/s10652-014-9335-6. (Official web/hyperlink:

21 Wood CR, Kouznetsov RD, Gierens R, Nordbo A, Järvi L, Kallistratova MA, and Kukkonen J (2013) On the temperature structure parameter and sensible heat flux over Helsinki from sonic anemometry and scintillometry. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 10.1175/JTECH-D-12-00209.1. (Official web/hyperlink:

20  Wood CR, Järvi L, Kouznetsov RD, Nordbo A, Joffre S, Drebs A, Vihma T, Hirsikko A, Suomi I, Fortelius C, O'Connor EJ, Moiseev D, Haapanala S, Moilanen J, Kangas M, Karppinen A, Vesala T, and Kukkonen J (2013) An overview on the Urban Boundary-layer Atmosphere Network in Helsinki. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00146.1. (Official web/hyperlink:

19  Lane SE, Barlow JF, Wood CR  (2013) An assessment of a three-beam Doppler lidar wind profiling method for use in urban areas. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Dynamics, 119: 53-59. (Official web/hyperlink:

18   Xie X-T, Hayden P, Wood CR (2013) Large-Eddy Simulation of Approaching-Flow Stratification on Dispersion over Arrays of Buildings. Atmospheric Environment, 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.01.054

17   Wood CR, Pauscher L, Ward HC, Kotthaus S, Barlow JF, Gouvea M, Lane SE, Grimmond CSB (2012) Wind observations above an urban river using a  new lidar technique, scintillometry and anemometry. Sci Tot Environ, 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.10.061 

16   Nordbo A, Järvi L, Haapanala S, Wood CR, Vesala T (2012) Fraction of natural area as main predictor of net CO2 emissions from cities. Geophys Res Lett, 39:L20802.

15   Harrison RG &  Wood CR (2012)  Ventilation effects on humidity measurements in thermometer screens. Quart J Roy Meteorol Soc, 138:1114–1120

14      Barlow JF, Harrison J, Robins AG & Wood CR (2011) A wind-tunnel study of flow distortion at a meteorological sensor on top of the BT Tower, London, UK. J Wind Eng & Indust Aerodyn, 99:899–907.

13      Helfter C, Grimmond CSB, Barlow JF, Wood CR, Famulari D, Phillips GJ & Nemitz E (2011) Controls of carbon dioxide concentrations and fluxes above central London. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11:1913–1928

12      Wood CR & Harrison RG (2011) Scorch marks from the sky. Weather, 66:39–41

11      Barlow JF, Dunbar TM, Nemitz EG, Wood CR, Gallagher IM, Davies F, O'Connor E & Harrison RM (2011) Boundary layer dynamics over London, UK as observed using Doppler lidar. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11:2111–2125

10      Martin D, Petersson KF, White IR, Henshaw SJ, Nickless G, Lovelock A, Barlow JF, Dunbar T, Wood CR & Shallcross DE (2011) Tracer concentration profiles measured in central London as part of the REPARTEE campaign. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11: 227–239

9        Wood CR, Lacser A, Barlow JF, Padhra A, Belcher SE, Nemitz E, Helfter C, Famulari D & Grimmond CSB (2010) Turbulent flow at 190 metres above London during 2006–2008: a climatology and the applicability of similarity theory. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 137:7796

8        Balogun AA, Tomlin AS, Wood CR, Barlow JF, Belcher SE, Smalley RS, Lingard JL, Arnold SA, Dobre A, Robins AG, Martin D & Shallcross DE. (2010) In-street wind direction variability in the vicinity of a busy intersection in central London. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 136:489–513

7        Wood CR, Clark SJ, Barlow JF & Chapman JW (2010) Layers of nocturnal insect migrants at high-altitude: the influence of atmospheric conditions on their formation. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 12:113–121  

6        Wood CR & Harrison RG (2009) An anthropogenic snowfall event in the UK: an example of urban weather modification? Weather, 64:277–280

5        Wood CR, Reynolds DR, Wells PM, Barlow JF, Woiwod IP & Chapman JW (2009) Flight periodicity and the vertical distribution of high-altitude moth migration over southern Britain. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 99:525–535

4        Wood CR, O'Connor EJ, Hurley R, Reynolds DR & Illingworth AJ (2009) Cloud-radar observations of insects in the UK convective boundary layer. Meteorological Applications, 16:491–500

3        Wood CR, Arnold SJ, Balogun AA, Barlow JF, Belcher SE, Britter RE, Cheng H, Dobre A, Lingard JJN, Martin D, Neophytou M, Petersson FK, Robins AG, Shallcross DE, Smalley RJ, Tate JE, Tomlin AS & White IR (2009) Dispersion experiments in central London: the 2007 DAPPLE project. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90:955–969

2        Wood CR, Chapman JW, Reynolds DR, Barlow JF, Smith AD & Woiwod IP (2006) The influence of the atmospheric boundary layer on nocturnal layers of noctuids and other moths migrating over southern Britain. International Journal of Biometeorology, 50:193–204

1        Reynolds DR, Chapman JW, Edwards AS, Smith AD, Wood CR, Barlow JF & Woiwod IP (2005) Radar studies of the vertical distribution of insects migrating over southern Britain: the influence of temperature inversions on nocturnal layer concentrations. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 95:259–274


8    Wood CR, Järvi L (2012) An overview of urban climate observations in Helsinki. Magazine of the Finnish Air Pollution Prevention Society, 3: 30-33.  

7        Charlton-Perez A, Dacre H, Maskell K, Reynolds R, South R & Wood C (2010) Meteorology and climate inspire secondary science students. School Science Review, 92: 75–81

6        Wood CR (2010) Adapting our cities for future climates. Weather, 65: 307–309

5        Wood CR (2009) Insects, weather and climate. Weather, 64:221–223

4        Wood CR & Harrison RG (2009) Some reports of snowfall from fog during the UK winter of 2008/09. ArXiv,

3        Robins AG, et al. (2008) DAPPLE Fieldwork Experiments. HPA Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report, September

2        Hardiman S, Patmore N, Wood C (2006) Meeting report Student Community 2005 and 2006 Assemblies. Weather, 61:57

1        Wood CR (2005) Nocturnal Layers of Airborne Insects: The Meteorological Impacts. Antenna, 30:92–93

Book (editorial assistant)

          Wright PB (2000) Weather of the 90s. Westwind Services. ISBN10: 0953971007