Turbulence forecasting research led by Paul Williams shortlisted for NERC Impact Award
While working for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Professor Paul Williams co-developed an air turbulence forecasting system which has helped make flying safer and smoother for up-to 2.5 billion passenger journeys.
Paul Williams, who is based at the University of Reading, led a team-effort to develop an algorithmn that predicts in-flight turbulence using gravity waves in the atmosphere. Paul's work has been used every day by the US National Weather Service since 2015, and has been shortlisted for the Natural Environment Research Council Impact Awards 2018.
Alpine ice shows three-fold increase in atmospheric iodine
Analysis of iodine trapped in Alpine ice has shown that levels of atmospheric iodine have tripled over the past century, and this has kept harmful levels of ozone gases in the lower atmosphere partially in check.
Ozone in the lower atmosphere acts as an air pollutant and greenhouse gas, but ozone is also the main driver of iodine emissions from the ocean. Once released into the atmosphere, iodine acts to destroy this ‘bad’ ozone.
NCAS mobile X-band weather radar deployed in Cumbria to improve regional flood forecasting
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Environment Agency have successfully deployed the NCAS X-band weather radar in Cumbria. The radar will provide new observations to improve the Environment Agency’s flood forecasting and warning services.
Over the next year, the portable radar will provide rainfall information over a region of North Cumbria which is not adequately covered by the UK’s permanent radar network.