Climate change increases the risk of severe turbulence on international flights
A new study led by NCAS’ Dr Paul Williams, based at the University of Reading, has calculated that climate change will significantly increase the amount of severe turbulence experienced by flights around the world by 2050–2080. Severe turbulence involves forces stronger than gravity, and is strong enough to throw people and luggage around an aircraft cabin. The study is an example of how the impacts of climate change can be felt through the circulation of the atmosphere, not just through increases in surface temperature.
Crossing the Chasm: Developing weather and climate models for next generation computers
Weather and climate models are complex pieces of software which include many individual components, each of which is evolving under the pressure to exploit advances in computing. Increasing computational diversity and software complexity could lead to a chasm between scientific aspiration and our ability to develop and/or rapidly adapt weather and climate model codes to the available hardware.
30 years of healing the ozone layer
This week (Saturday 16th September), marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The signing of the Montreal Protocol was a landmark political event and environmental science made it happen.