National Physical Laboratory

Nigel Fox


Nigel Fox

Nigel Fox is the head of Earth Observation and Climate at NPL, and an NPL Fellow.


Nigel joined NPL from University College London in 1981 with a BSc in Astronomy and Physics. Since that time he been responsible for the establishment and dissemination of primary optical radiation measurement scales and in particular pioneered the development of techniques such as laser and cryogenic radiometry. hese techniques led to an improvement of nearly two orders of magnitude in the accuracy of many radiometric measurements and have been widely adopted by the international metrology community, resulting in the award of a PhD.

More recently, Nigel has expanded his interests to include Earth Observation and associated climate change parameters, with a particular emphasis on satellite observations. This has led to further innovation in both pre-flight and post-launch calibration and validation techniques and has culminated in the design and leadership of a proposed satellite mission called TRUTHS. The novel mission concept provides fully SI traceable measurements from orbit at uncertainties a factor ten lower than any other, sufficient to make benchmark measurements suitable for the detection of decadal climate change.

Nigel has published more than 120 papers, chairs the Infrared Visible and Optical Sensors (IVOS) sub-group of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and represents the international metrology community on relevant WMO committees.

Find out more about Nigel's research in Optical Radiation & Photonics

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6825

Last Updated: 11 Sep 2015
Created: 20 Jul 2007


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