International Women's Day 2018: Women in atmospheric science share their stories
To mark International Women’s Day, women across the National Centre for Atmospheric Science have given us an insight to their work and experiences in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) careers. Today (8 March 2018) we are celebrating their fantastic contributions to UK research and innovation, and hope to inspire more women to work in STEM, in particular, at the forefront of atmospheric science.
We spoke to women across the breadth of our organisation, in roles as diverse as data scientists, instrument scientists, training and communications managers, and PhD students. Their responses are inspiring and motivating for all of us, but also recognise the ongoing challenges faced by women in our field, and more generally.
FAAM investigates ice-forming particles in desert dust over the Atlantic
A team of researchers, including scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, have used the FAAM research aircraft to examine desert dust from the Sahara as it is transported over the Atlantic several days later. Scientists were using a new technique to measure the concentration of ice-nucleating particles in the desert dust. These are particles in the atmosphere that ice crystals can form on - without them, liquid water droplets can cool to -40℃ without freezing. There have been very few measurements of these ice-nucleating particles within the air near to desert sources.
The Climate Communication Project Survey
NCAS are involved in The Climate Communication Project, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their Engaging Environments call. The project aims to understand and evaluate existing expertise in the UK on communicating and engaging the public with climate change. A survey of the climate communication community forms part of this project and will allow us to understand how a range of specialists carry out their work, to share and promote best practice in the UK, and to point to areas where more investment and attention is needed.