Key to darkness of atmospheric soot particles identified
Atmospheric scientists are a step closer to understanding how the darkness of soot particles in air is controlled by transparent coatings. This breakthrough, which relates to how the soot particles absorb light, will help inform policymakers considering the effects of air pollution on climate change.
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.
Universities minister Jo Johnson opens Centre for Atmospheric & Emissions Research
Jo Johnson, minister of state for universities, science, research & innovation, officially opened the Cranfield University / NCAS Centre for Atmospheric & Emissions Research yesterday (02/02/2017).
The £3m research hub - the result of joint investment from NERC, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and Cranfield University - provides a collaborative space for advanced research, and will be home to Cranfield's Centre for Atmospheric Informatics & Emissions Technology (CAIET) and the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM). Universities & science minister, Jo Johnson, said:
"Climate change and reducing emissions is one of the most important challenges of our time, and the UK takes a proud leadership role in fostering positive action. Greater knowledge and the development of new technologies is crucial to this. This investment is a prime example of the projects our industrial strategy will support - enabling UK scientists to carry out pioneering work that will ensure the UK remains at the forefront of climate change science and leads an international effort to improve the environment for future generations."