Dr Guy Coulson

Air Quality Scientist

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)


Guy is the manager of NIWA Auckland’s Air Quality and Health research group and NIWA’s Science Leader for air quality research. He is also the manager of the Healthy Urban Atmospheres research programme – an eight year research programme funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to investigate pollution and health in New Zealand – and previously manager of the “Protecting New Zealand’s Clean Air” research programme. Guy is a specialist in atmospheric aerosols with experience in atmospheric chemistry and climate processes. He has thirteen years experience in atmospheric chemistry research including the physical and chemical characteristics of atmospheric aerosols in remote, rural and urban environments, Antarctic palaeoclimate and climate change. He also has six years experience in a commercial environment as an environmental and technology management consultant.

Guy has a Doctorate in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Essex, a Master’s in environmental assessment from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and a Bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Bradford. He has worked as a researcher at the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Essex and as a technology management consultant at Arthur D. Little-Cambridge Consultants.

Current interests include: characterisation of urban pollutants: high spatial and temporal resolution measurements of pollutants for exposure studies: linking air quality measurements to health effects: linking air quality management to sustainability.

Guy is a researcher on the Resilient Urban Futures programme.

Video of Guy Coulson, with Ian Longley (NIWA) and Jo Cavenagh (Landcare Research) on conflicts and trade-offs in sustainable solutions

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Indicators for environmental domain reportingPrepared for Ministry for the Environment by NIWA, May 2014
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Development of a low-cost device for observing indoor particle levels associated with source activities in the homeInternational Society of Exposure Science Conference, Seattle, October 2012
Air quality in DunedinDunedin: Otago Regional Council, 2011
Measurements of physical and chemical characteristics of aerosols in remote and rural regionsPhD thesis, University of Essex (UK), 2006
Exposure risks from pollutants in domestic environments: The urban exposure projectIndoor and Built Environment, 14:3-4, June 2005, doi:10.1177/1420326X05054017