New Years Honours for FAAM's Maureen Smith
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science would like to congratulate members of the science and research community who have been recognised in the 2018 New Years Honours.
We are proud that Maureen Smith, the operations manager and senior flight manager for the joint NERC - Met Office Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), has been awarded a BEM for services to atmospheric science and meterology.
Ms Smith is part of the Met Office contingent at FAAM and is affiliated to the NERC research centre, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). Ms Smith has led FAAM's planning of missions using the FAAM aircraft around trhe world for the past 10 years.
Outlook fine for summer seasonal weather forecasts
Summer seasonal weather forecasting could become much more accurate thanks to new research by climate scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, based at the University of Reading.
The team of climate scientists has found that springtime sea temperatures in the North Atlantic can be used to predict rainfall in July and August much more accurately than current seasonal forecast methods.
Roadside air quality targets may be met ahead of schedule
European estimates of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) directly emitted from vehicles may have been overestimated, according to new analysis of public data by scientists at the University of York and National Centre for Atmospheric Science.
Many European Union countries, including the UK, are struggling to comply with the legal limits for roadside levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide, a problem attributed largely to the increasing use of diesel vehicles across the continent.
But according to scientists who have re-examined 130 million hourly measurements from 61 European cities, the future projections of roadside NO2 air quality may be “overly pessimistic.”