Change is in the Air - ACSIS Flights 2017
Blog by Dr Alex Archibald
Lots of things are changing at the moment: Politically, socially, technologically and most importantly for scientists like us - environmentally. The change that is happening in the environment right now is unparalleled in the historic record.
Last year was the warmest year in possibly the last million! At the same time, sea ice in the Arctic reached its second lowest levels since records began. As part of an exciting new effort supported by NERC we are teaming up with partners from across the UK and around the globe to better document how changes within the North Atlantic region are taking place and to make new observations to better understand the reasons for these changes.
Over the next few days (14 - 17th Feb 2017) we, the ACSIS project, will be taking the UK atmospheric research aircraft (the FAAM BAe-146) to survey the changes taking place in the atmosphere above the North Atlantic. These exciting flying missions will include the latest scientific instruments to detect a myriad of gases and particles that are present in the atmosphere.
These gases and particles can affect things like climate change and the quality of the air we breathe, so may impact our health and well-being. We will be returning with the aircraft to investigate how these gases and particles are changing over the next 4 years - stay tuned to learn about what we find out.