University of Canterbury, BSc, Honours
University of Canterbury, 1985, PhD


Long-term research goals have been primarily directed at understanding meteorological phenomena that develop in regions of complex, urbanized terrain. An important applied focus of this work has been the investigation of the role such phenomena (e.g. land sea breezes, slope winds and urban effects) have on the transport and dispersion of pollutants. Although much of this research has been site-specific (e.g. the Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia) the findings are of general interest. Considerable progress has been made in understanding the processes contributing to, and the three-dimensional distribution of, air pollution in regions of complex terrain. This observational program has provided important information for development, initialization and validation of numerical models designed to forecast air quality and test pollutant abatement strategies. Recently, this research thrust has broadened to consider the impact of long-range transport of burgeoning pollutant emissions and crustal dust from Eurasia to North America. A central part of this work has been the installation of a state-of-the-art lidar facility at UBC in collaboration with Environment Canada.


MCKENDRY, I.G. and GUTZLER, D.S. 2014 ‘A possible link between wildfire aerosol and North American Monsoon precipitation in Arizona–New Mexico’ International Journal of Climatology Online 6 Nov 2014 DOI 10.1002/joc.4195

BART, M., WILLIAMS, D.E., AINSLIE, B., MCKENDRY, I., SALMOND, J., GRANGE, S., ALAVI-SHOSHTARI, M., STEYN, D. and HENSHAW, G. 2014 ‘High Density Ozone Monitoring using Gas Sensitive Semi-Conductor Sensors in the Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia’ Environmental Science & Technology 48(7), 3970-3977

MCKENDRY, I.G., CHRISTENSEN, E., SCHILLER, C., VINGARZAN, R., MACDONALD, A.M. and LI, Y. 2014 ‘Low-ozone Episodes at Amphitrite Point Marine Boundary-Layer Observatory, BC, Canada’ Atmosphere-Ocean 52(3), 271-280

COTTLE, P., STRAWBRIDGE, K. and MCKENDRY, I. 2014 ‘Long-range transport of Siberian wildfire smoke to BritishColumbia: lidar observations and air quality impacts’ Atmospheric Environment 90, 71-77



ABERNETHY, R.C., ALLEN, R.W., MCKENDRY, I.G. and BRAUER, M. 2013 ‘A land use regression model for ultrafine particles in Vancouver, Canada’ Environmental Science & Technology 47, 5217-5225

COTTLE, P., STRAWBRIDGE, K., MCKENDRY, I.G., O’NEILL, N. and SAHA, A. 2013 ‘A pervasive and persistent Asian dust event over North America during spring 2010: Lidar and sunphotometer observations’ Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13, 4515-4527

HAGA, D.I., IANNONE, R., WHEELER, M.J., MASON, R., POLISHCHUK, E.A., FETCH Jr, T., VAN DER KAMP, B.J., MCKENDRY, I.G. and BERTRAM, A.K. 2013 ‘Ice nucleation properties of rust and bunt fungal spores and their transport to high altitudes, where they can cause heterogeneous freezing’ Journal of Geophysical Research 118(13), 7260-7272



GALLAGHER, J.P., MCKENDRY, I.G., STRAWBRIDGE, K., MACDONALD, A-M, LEAITCH, W.R. and COTTLE, P. 2012 ‘Application of LIDAR data to assist air mass discrimination at the Whistler mountaintop observatory’ Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 51, 1733 -1739

COTTLE, P., STRAWBRIDGE, K., MCKENDRY, I.G., O’NEILL, N. and SAHA, A. 2012 ‘A pervasive and persistent Asian dust event over North America during spring 2010: Lidar and sunphotometer observations’ Atmopsheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 12, 30589-30618

REUTEN, C., STEYN, D.G., AINSLIE, B., JACKSON, P. and MCKENDRY, I.G. 2012 ‘Impact of Climate Change on Ozone Pollution in the Lower Fraser Valley, Canada’ Atmosphere-Ocean 50(1), 42-53



GALLAGHER, J.P., MCKENDRY, I.G., MACDONALD, A-M and LEAITCH, W.R. 2011 ‘Seasonal and Diurnal Variations in Aerosol Concentration on Whistler Mountain: Boundary Layer Influence and Synoptic Scale Controls’ Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 50(11), 2210-2222

MCKENDRY, I., STRAWBRIDGE, K., KARUMUDI, M.L., O’NEILL, N., MACDONALD, A.M., LEAITCH, R., JAFFE, D., SHARMA, S., SHERIDAN, P. and OGREN, J. 2011 ‘Californian wildfire plumes over Southwestern British Columbia: lidar, sunphotometry, and mountaintop chemistry observations’ Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 465-477

MCKENDRY, I.G., STRAWBRIDGE, K.B. and JONES, A. 2011 ‘Continuous 1064/532nm Lidar measurements (CORALNet- UBC) in Vancouver, BC: results from a year of operation’ Atmosphere-Ocean 49(1), 32-40



VAN DER KAMP, D. and MCKENDRY, I.G. 2010 ‘Diurnal and seasonal trends in convective mixed layer heights for Vancouver BC, estimated from two years of continuous ceilometer observations’ Boundary Layer Meteorology DOI 10.1007/s10546-010-9535-7

MCKENDRY, I.G., GALLAGHER, J., CAMPUZANO JOST, P., BERTRAM, A., STRAWBRIDGE, K., LEAITCH, R. and MACDONALD, A.M. 2010 ‘Ground-based remote sensing of an elevated forest fire aerosol layer at Whistler, BC: implications for interpretation of mountaintop chemistry’ Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 10, 11921-11930

VAN DER KAMP, D. and MCKENDRY, I.G. 2010 ‘Comparison of Tethered Balloon Vertical Profiles of Particulate Matter Size Distributions with Lidar Ceilometer Backscatter in the Nocturnal Urban Boundary Layer’ International Journal of Environment and Pollution 41(1/2), 155-165


Winter 2017

GEOB200 Atmospheric Environments Sections

Physical principles underlying weather and climates. Thermal, moisture and wind climates at scales from valleys to the globe. Daily weather, air pollution, global change. Credit will be granted for only one of GEOB 200, GEOB 204, GEOG 200, GEOG 204, or AGRO 244.

Winter 2017

GEOB300 Microscale Weather and Climate Sections

Meteorology and climatology at the micro-, local, and meso-scales. Interactions between land surfaces and atmosphere. Basics of atmospheric turbulence and transfer processes. Microclimates on scales of a leaf to those of a large valley.

Winter 2017

GEOB402 Air Pollution Meteorology Sections

The nature of atmospheric pollutants. The ability of the atmosphere to disperse, transform, and remove pollutants. Air pollution dispersion models. Air quality monitoring, criteria, and standards.