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.


FERRARA, M., POMEROY, C., MCKENDRY, I. G., STULL, R. and STRAWBRIDGE, K. 2020 ‘Suppression of “Handover” Processes in a MountainConvective Boundary Layer due to Persistent Wildfire Smoke’ Boundary-Layer Meteorology 175, 297–308

HUNTER, C., MOORE, R. D. and MCKENDRY, I. G. 2020 ‘Evaluation of the North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR) precipitation fields in a topographically complex domain’ Hydrological Sciences Journal 65(5), 786-799



HUNTER, C., MOORE, R. D. and MCKENDRY, I. 2019 ‘Evaluation of the North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR) precipitation fields in a topographically complex domain’ Hydrological Sciences Journal

MCKENDRY, I. G., CHRISTEN, A., LEE, S.-C., FERRARA, M., STRAWBRIDGE, K. B., O’NEILL, N. and BLACK, A. 2019 ‘Impacts of an intense wildfire smoke episode on surface radiation, energy and carbon fluxes in southwestern British Columbia, Canada’ Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19(2), 835-846


TEAKLES, A., SO, R., AINSLIE, B., NISSEN, R., SCHILLER, C., VINGARZAN, R., MCKENDRY, I., MACDONALD, A. M., JAFFE, D. A., BERTRAM, A. K., STRAWBRIDGE, K. B., LEAITCH, W. R., HANNA, S., TOOM, D., BAIK, J. and HUANG, L. 2017 ‘Impacts of the July 2012 Siberian Fire Plume on Air Quality in the Pacific Northwest’ Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17(4), 2593-2611,

VAN DER KAMP, D., MOORE, R. D. and MCKENDRY, I. G. 2017 ‘A model for simulating the moisture content of standardized fuel sticks of various sizes’ Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 236, 123-134,

AKAOKA, K., MCKENDRY, I. G., SAXTON, J. and COTTLE, P. 2017 ‘Impact of coal-carrying trains on particulate matter concentrations in South Delta, British Columbia, Canada’ Environmental Pollution 223, 376-383, doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.01.034



MISKELL, G., SALMOND, J., ALAVI-SHOSHTARI, M., BART, M., AINSLIE, B., GRANGE, S., MCKENDRY, I. G., HENSHAW, G. S. and WILLIAMS, D. E. 2016 ‘Data Verification Tools for Minimizing Management Costs of Dense Air-Quality Monitoring Networks’ Environmental Science & Technology 50(2), 835-846,

CRAWFORD, B., CHRISTEN, A. and MCKENDRY, I. 2016 ‘Diurnal Course of Carbon Dioxide Mixing Ratios in the Urban Boundary Layer in Response to Surface Emissions’ Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 55(3), 507-529,


Winter 2020

GEOB200 Atmospheric Environments Sections

Physical principles underlying weather and climates. Thermal, moisture and wind climates from the scale of plants and animals to the globe. Daily weather systems and climate change. Credit will be granted for only one of GEOB 200, GEOB 204, APBI 244.

Winter 2020

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.