Dr Sue Jones


  • PhD Manchester Metropolitan University, “The characterisation of particulate pollution in an airport environment: Manchester International Airport, UK, a case study” (2017)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Support Edge Hill University (2011)
  • BSc (Hons) in Geography Edge Hill University (2007)


My main research interests are in the area of environmental pollution.  I am particularly interested in atmospheric particulate pollution (PM) and more specifically on PM in the airport environment.  My current research focuses on the characterisation of PM in the airport environment.

I use a range of techniques to investigate PM in the environment including:

Environmental Magnetism
Geochemical Analysis
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis
Electron Spin Resonance

Recent Publications

Jones, S., Richardson, N., Bennett, M. and Hoon, S.R. (2015) The application of magnetic measurements for the characterization of atmospheric particulate pollution within the airport environment.Science of the Total Environment., 502 pp.385-390

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My PhD research project focused on the characterisation of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) in the airport environment.  Over recent decades, there has been a significant increase in global air travel.  This growth coupled with a better understanding of aircraft emission characteristics and their potential impact on health and the environment has become a cause of concern. Particulate matter (PM) is a major component of these emissions. PM within the airport environment may originate from a range of sources including aircraft; vehicles; ground support equipment and buildings.

Studies relating to the identification of individual airport PM sources is limited and has been recognised as a research need for the aviation industry. The key aim of my research project was to identify characteristic ‘fingerprints’ of primary particulates derived from key sources in an airport environment.  PM samples from aircraft engine emissions, brake and tyre wear residues were obtained from a range of different aircraft and engine types.  A range of techniques including magnetic measurements, geochemical analysis, SEM/EDX and ESR were used in order to determine characteristic and unique ‘fingerprints’ from the various sources. The resulting ‘fingerprints’ have been used to investigate the characteristics and spatial distribution of particulates deposited within the ‘airside’ environment at Manchester International Airport, UK (MAN).


GEO1045 Introducing Physical Geographies
GEO1046 Environmental Issues
GEO1047 Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science
GEO1048 Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research
GEO2071 Research Methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science
GEO2073 Environmental Research in Practice
GEO2080 Digital Geographies
GEO3081/3082 Dissertation
GEO3089 Applied GIS
GEO4005 GIS and Cartography for Conservation Management

Conference Papers

(*denotes poster presentation)

*Jones, S., Hoon, S.R., Richardson, N., Bennett, M. (2016) Establishing aeolian particulate ‘fingerprints’ in an airport environment using magnetic measurements and SEM/EDAX.
European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.

Jones, S., Bennett, M., Hoon, S.R., Richardson, N. (2013) The characterisation of atmospheric particulate pollution within the airport environment using magnetic measurements and geochemical analysis. In 3rd Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Science & Engineering, Research Development Day: Proceedings (Eds. Crockett, K. A., Barker, J., Anani, N., Dempsey, M.), Manchester Metropolitan University.

*Jones, S., Richardson, N., Bennett, M. and Hoon, S.R. (2012) The characterisation of atmospheric particulate pollution around airports. Proceedings of the 19th International Transport and Air Pollution Conference 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece.

*Jones, S (2012) The characterisation of atmospheric particulate pollution around airports. PGR Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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