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Senior Lecturer: Energy Studies
Name: Kristy Langerman
Location: D3 Lab 331 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Prof Kristy Langerman


·         BSc Hons (University of the Witwatersrand)

·         PhD (University of the Witwatersrand)



Dr Langerman’s area of expertise is the environmental aspects of energy. She conducted her PhD in Atmospheric Science through the Climatology Research Group at the University of the Witwatersrand. During that time, she worked on several international field experiments, including SAFARI-2000, UAE2 and ARREX, where she collected airborne measurements of atmospheric chemistry and clouds. She conducted a postdoc at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and was a visiting scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, California. Dr Langerman then worked at Eskom for 12 years, first in the Research Department and then in the Environmental Management Department where she managed the Air Quality Centre of Excellence. She spearheaded Eskom’s air quality offsets programme, which aimed to improve air quality in low income communities by moving households from coal to cleaner energy sources, and was instrumental in drafting Eskom’s Air Quality Strategy. She was President of the National Association of Clean Air (NACA) from 2012 to 2014. Dr Langerman has twice won the prize for best presentation at the NACA Annual Conference. She started as the Energy Studies Honours course coordinator at UJ in 2018.


Research Interests 

·         Environmental impacts of energy

·         Social aspects of domestic energy use

·         Air quality


Teaching Responsibilities

·         Energy Studies Honours course



Langerman, K.E. and Pauw, C.J., 2018: A critical review of health risk assessments of exposure to emissions from coal-fired power stations in South Africa, Clean Air Journal, 28 (2), 68-79.

Broccardo, S., Heue, K.-P., Walter, D., Meyer, C., Kokhanovsky, A., v. d. A, R., Piketh, S., Langerman, K., and Platt, U., 2017: Intra-pixel variability in satellite tropospheric NO2 column densities derived from simultaneous spaceborne and airborne observations, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussion Papers, doi:10.5194/amt-2016-366.

Garnham, B.L. and Langerman, K.E., 2016: Mercury emissions from South Africa’s coal-fired power stations, Clean Air Journal, 26 (2), 14-20.

Kaku, K.C., Reid, J.S., Reid, E.A., Ross-Langerman, K., Piketh, S., Cliff, S., Al Mandoos, A., Broccardo, S., Zhao, Y., Zhang, J., and Perry, K.D., 2015: Investigation of the relative fine and coarse mode aerosol loadings and properties in the Southern Arabian Gulf Region, Atmospheric Research, 169, 171-182.

Balashov, N.V., Thompson, A.M., Piketh, S.J. and Langerman, K.E., 2014: Surface ozone variability and trends over the South Africa Highveld from 1990 to 2007, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 119, 7, 4323-4342.

Collett, K.S., Piketh, S.J. and Ross, K.E., 2010: An assessment of the atmospheric nitrogen budget on the South African Highveld, South African Journal of Science, 106 (5/6), Art #220, 9 pages. DOI: 10.4102/sajs.v106i5/6.220.

Ross, K., Broccardo, S., Heue, K.-P., Ferguson, K. and Piketh, S., 2007: Nitrogen oxides on the South African Highveld, Clean Air Journal, 16 (2), 6-15.

Heue, K.P., Wagner, T., Broccardo, S.P., Walter, D., Piketh, S.J., Ross, K.E., Beirle, S. and Platt, U., 2007: Direct observation of two dimensional trace gas distribution with an airborne Imaging DOAS instrument, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8, 6706-6717.

Ross. K.E., Piketh, S.J., Bruintjes, R.T., Burger, R.P., Swap, R.J. and Annegarn, H.J., 2003: Spatial and seasonal variations in CCN distribution and the aerosol-CCN relationship over southern Africa, Journal of Geophysical Research, 108 (D13), 8481, doi:10.1029/2002JD002384.

Ross, K.E., Piketh, S.J., Swap, R.J. and Staebler, R.M., 2001: Controls governing airflow over the South African Lowveld, South African Journal of Science, 97 (1/2), 29-40.