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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is making a transformative investment of £1.4 million in NCAS’s Atmospheric Measurement Facility (AMF) and the NERC Facility for Atmospheric Radar Research (NFARR), enabling a step change in the way the atmospheric science community makes observations of the atmosphere.  

Evolving cloud parameterisation:

An X-band radar system will be installed at the Chilbolton Observatory to provide more advanced insights into how clouds form and evolve, at scales smaller than 100m out to a range of 60 km. The very narrow radar beam width (<0.1 degree) will permit detailed detection of ice crystals, rainfall, and air turbulence, which is key to advancing computer models that forecast weather and climate. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Illuminating cloud-aerosol interactions:

Installation of a POLLY XT lidar at the Chilbolton Observatory represents a significant upgrade to the existing Raman lidar. The new lidar will be optimised for profiling aerosols (liquid and solid particles suspended in air) and can be operated remotely. The new lidar capability will complement the cloud radar observations at Chilbolton, and enable the atmospheric science community to measure detailed aerosol properties and improve our understanding of cloud-aerosol interactions. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

New dimension air flow analysis:

The Environmental Flow wind tunnel (EnFlo) is the only facility in the UK capable of creating different atmospheric conditions in a controlled environment, allowing scientists to model air pollution dispersion in cities and wind turbine efficiency. A new laser Doppler anemometry system will allow scientists to measure air flow in the EnFlo wind tunnel in 3D, rather than 2D, and will significantly improve our understanding of how air moves around obstacles, such as buildings and wind turbines. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Probing cloud particles:

A grey scale 2DSG probe will enable the atmospheric science community to calculate cloud particle concentrations with more precision, as the new instrument offers the ability to create higher resolution images than previously possible. Scientists will be able to ‘focus’ in on cloud particle volume analysis and increase their understanding of cloud formation and weather processes. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..