Dr. Sebastian D. Eastham


  • B.A., M.Eng, Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering, Cambridge University, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015 (Advisor: Professor Steven Barrett)

Fields: Climate Change Modeling; Impacts of Aviation; Geoengineering

Lab Role: Research Affiliate

Email: seastham@mit.edu

I come from Shrewsbury, England, and just completed a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. My research is broadly focused on the human health impacts of high altitude emissions. Although aviation emissions are a core topic for my research, I am also investigating other emissions such as those related with proposed ‘aerosol shield’ geoengineering schemes. I use global-scale atmospheric models to evaluate the potential positive and negative effects of such emissions, using a variety of metrics.


Publications and Presentations

“Global, regional and local health impacts of civil aviation emissions,” Yim, S.H.L., Lee, G.L., Lee, I.W., Allroggen, F., Ashok, A., Caiazzo, F., Eastham, S.D., Malina, R., Barrett, S.R.H., Environmental Research Letters 10, 2015. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/3/034001

“Development and evaluation of the unified tropospheric-stratospheric chemistry extension (UCX) for the global chemistry-transport model GEOS-Chem,” Eastham, S., Weisenstein, D., Barrett, S., Atmospheric Environment 89, pp. 52-63, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.02.001

“Comparison of model estimates of the effects of aviation emissions on atmospheric ozone and methane,” Olsen, S.C., Brasseur, G.P., Wuebbles, D.W., Barrett, S.R.H., Dang, H., Eastham, S.D., Jacobson, M.Z., Khodayari, A., Selkirk, H., Sokolov, A., Unger, N., Geophysical Research Letters 40 (22), pp. 6004-6009, 2013. DOI: 10.1002/2013GL057660

“Air quality and public health impacts of UK airports. Part I: Emissions,” Stettler, M.E.J., Eastham, S., Barrett, S.R.H., Atmospheric Environment 45 (31), pp. 5415-5424, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.07.012

“A novel method for rapid comparative quantitative analysis of nuclear fuel cycles”, Eastham, S.D., Coates, D.J., Parks, G.T., Annals of Nuclear Energy 42, pp. 80-88, 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.anucene.2011.12.013

“Vertical transport of aircraft emissions to the surface,” Eastham, S.D., Yim, S.H.L., Barrett, S.R.H., Presented at the Second ACCRI Symposium, December 13-14, 2011, Washington, DC.