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Dr Richard Kift

Dr Richard Kift


BSc(HONS) Astrophysics (UWCC) 1992, MSc Space Science (UCL) 1993, PhD Profile retrieval for FTIR spectroscopy of the Stratosphere (Cranfield) 1999

Room Number: G.3 [Simon Building]
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8770
Email: richard.kift@manchester.ac.uk


Specific research interests

Measurment of UV irradiance and actinic flux. Health effects of UV (e.g. Vitamin-D production, erythema etc)


  • Weihs, P., Wagner, J. E., Schreier, S. F., Rieder, H. E., Angelini, F., Blumthaler, M., Fitzka, M., Gobbi, G. P., Kift, R., Kreuter, A., Simic, S., and Webb, A. R.(2012) The influence of the spatial resolution of topographic input data on the accuracy of 3-D UV actinic flux and irradiance calculations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 2297-2312, doi:10.5194/acp-12-2297.
  • J.E.Wagner, Angelini F., Blumthaler M., Fitzka M., Gobbi G.P., Kift R., Kreuts A., Rieder H.E., Simic S., Webb A.R. Weihs P (2011) Investigation of the 3-D Actinic flux field in mountainous terrain.Atmospheric Research 102 300–310
  • Farrar MD, Kift R, Cooper SJ, Webb AR, Durkin MT, Allan D, Vail A, Berry JL, Rhode LE. (2011) Recommended summer sunlight exposure levels fail to produce sufficient Vitamin D status in UK adults of South asian origin. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;94:1219–24.
  • Webb.A.R., Kift. R., Berry J.L. and Rhodes L.E, (2011) Vitamin D Debate: Translating Controlled Experiments into Reality for Human Exposure Times Photochem Photobiol, 87:741-745. 
  • Wagner J.E., Angelini F., Antti A., Blumthaler M., Fitzka M., Gobbi G.P., Kift R., Kreuter A., Rieder H.E., Simic S., Webb A.R and Weihs P. (2010) Comparison of the surface UV irradiance in mountainous regions derived from satellite observations and model calculations with ground based measurments. MeteorologischeZietschrift, 19 no 5 481-490.
  • A.R.Webb, Kift R., Durkin M.T., O'Brien S.J., Vail A., Berry J.L. and Rhodes L.E., (2010). The role of sunlight exposure in determining the Vitamin D status of the UK white adult population. British Journal of Dermatology 163, 1050-1055. 
  • R.Stafford, Farrar M.D., Kift R., Durkin M.T., Berry J.L., Webb A.R. and Rhodes L.E. (2010) The impact of photosenstitivity disorders on aspects of lifestyle. (2010) British  Journal of Dermatology. 163, 817-822.
  • L.E. Rhodes, Webb A.R., Fraser H.I., Kift R., Durkin M.T., Allan D.,O'Brien S.J., Vail A. and Berry J.L. (2010) Recommended Summer Sunlight Exposure Levels  Can Produce Sufficient (>= 20 ng/mL) but Not the Proposed Optimal (>= 32ng/mL) 25(OH)D Levels at UK Latitudes. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 130,1411-1418.
  • M. Blumthaler, Kreuter A., Webb A.R., Kift R. and Kouremeti N. (2009) Albedo Effects on UV Irradiance. MOCA Montreal Canada. 
  • S.Thiel et al (2008) Influence of clouds on the spectral actinic flux density in the lower troposphere(INSPECTRO): Overview of the field campaigns. Atom.Chem.Phys., 8,1789-1812. 
  • S. Kazadzis, Bais A., Blumthaler M., Webb A.R., Kouremeti N., Kift R.,  Schallhart B. and KazantzdisA. (2007) Effect of the total solar eclipse of 29th March 2006 on the surface radiation. Atom.Chem.Phys. 7, 5775-5783.
  • R.Kift. Webb A.R., Page J., Rimmer J.and Janjai S. (2006) A Web based Tool for UV Irradiance Data: Predictions for European and South-East Asian Sites.PhotoChem and PhotoBiol. 82, 579-586.
  • A. Baisa , M. Blumthaler, A. Webb, G. Seckmeyer, S. Thiel, S. Kazadzis, A. Redondas, R. Kift, N. Kouremeti, B. Schallhart, R. Schmitt, D. Pisulla, J. P. Diaz, O. Garcia, A. M. Diaz Rodriguez, A. Smedley (2005) Intercomparison of solar UV direct irradiance spectral measurements at Izana in June 2005 Proc. SPIE 5886, 588609; doi:10.1117/12.619925
  • A.Meier, Paton-Walsh C., Bell W., Blumenstock T., Hase F., Goldman A. Steen A., Kift R., Woods P. and Kondo Y. (2005) Evidence of reduced measurement uncertainties from an FTIR instrument intercomparison at Kiruna, Sweden J.Q.S.R.T. 96, 75-84.
  • A.Kylling et al (2005) Spectral actinic flux in the lower troposphere: Measurement and 1-D simulations for cloudless, broken cloud and overcast situations. Atmos.Chem.PhysDiscuss., 5,1421-1467.
  • A.R.Webb, Seroji A.R.,Kift R. and Rimmer J. (2004) Ultraviolet actinic fluxes and photolysis rates form measurement of irradiance. Light and Engineering 12, 60-66.
  • A Kylling et al. (2003) Actinic flux determination from measurements of irradiance. JGR. 108 No D16. 4506, doi:10.1029/2002JDOO3236.
  • A.R.Webb, Kift R., Thiel S. and Blumthalder M. (2002) An empirical method for the conversion of spectral UV irradiance measurements to actinic flux data. Atmospheric  Environment 36, 4397-4404.  
  • A.R. Webb et al (2002)Measuring spectral actinic flux:Experimental results from the ADMIRA (Actinic Flux Determination from Measurements of Irradiance) project. J.Atmospheic and Oceanic Technology 19, 1049-1062

Recent and forthcoming publications