NCAS set-up weather station on Ben Nevis after 113 years without observations
A team from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science scaled the UK's highest mountain this week to install a weather station that will record conditions on the summit for the first time in 113 years.
The expedition is the latest stage of Operation Weather Rescue: Ben Nevis which launched in September 2017 and appealed to the public to help digitise two million 'lost' weather measurements taken by a group of Victorian volunteers known as the 'Weathermen of Ben Nevis' by hand, every hour on the hour, each day of the year, from 1883 to 1904. Since September, over 3,500 volunteers have digitised over 1.25 million weather observations.
Discover the world of environmental science at UnEarthed
Brought to Scotland by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UnEarthed is an interactive showcase offering people of all ages the chance to get closer to the environmental science that shapes their lives, from 17 - 19 November in Edinburgh. More than 100 scientists will be on hand at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, to share their research with the Scottish public, from the fascinating and fun – fossils and dinosaurs, killer shrimp and sea puffins – to the serious business of cleaning up our air, keeping the lights on, defending our homes from natural disasters and understanding the impact of climate change on our coasts, land and animals.
Ozone layer recovery is threatened by upturn in emissions of ozone-destroying chemicals
An international team of researchers, led by Dr David Oram of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, have discovered an unexpected danger to the ozone layer from chemicals that are not currently regulated. The study highlights a gap in the Montreal Protocol that may need to be addressed in the future.
Thirty years ago, the Montreal Protocol was established to reduce the amount of long-lived ozone-depleting substances that were being released into the atmosphere. The agreement has contributed to a significant reduction in these atmospheric substances, and is widely considered to have started the slow process of healing the ozone layer. However, new research by David Oram has suggested that a number of unregulated short-lived ozone-depleting substances are dramatically increasing in abundance and could be entering the stratosphere, therefore slowing the recovery of the ozone layer.