Facilities and Services
The support programmes that NCAS provides to the UK atmospheric science community make up the four facilities and services, known as support programmes.
These are provided for use across the atmospheric science community (not just for NCAS science) and enable atmospheric scientists to utilise the latest technologies and techniques. The services and facilities includes a state-of-the-art atmospheric research aircraft, an extensive equipment pool of instrumentation for ground-based and airborne measurements, computational models and training, data storage and access.
NCAS' four services and facilities are managed within two technology divisions:
Facilities in support of the Research Community
- Observational Facilities, comprising:
The Facility for Ground based Atmospheric Measurements - FGAM (ground-based observations and specialised instruments for airborne observations).
- Computer & Data Facilities, comprising:
The British Atmospheric Data Centre - BADC (data storage, archiving, access and interpretation)
Computational Modelling Services - CMS (numerical modelling and HPC support)
Each of the services and facilities is led by a full-time Facility Head.
Facilities in support of Government and Industry
Public Engagement, Outreach & Media
NCAS carries out research in three areas of atmospheric science:
These science programmes are managed within respective science directorates: NCAS-Climate directorate; NCAS-Composition directorate; NCAS-Weather directorate. Each directorate is led by a full-time director. We also have two co-directors who are responsible for promoting cross-directorate science within NCAS. Contact details for the Directors are available.