Dr Rebecca Emerton Shortlisted for STEM Research Project of the Year
Dr Rebecca Emerton from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Dr Andrea Ficchi have been shortlisted for the STEM Research Project of the Year as part of the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2019.
Dr Emerton and Dr Ficchi lead on a research project that helped mitigate the impacts of the devastating floods in Mozambique during Cyclone Idai in March 2019. They provided emergency briefings to the UK’s Department of International Development by interpreting data from GloFAS, a state of the art Copernicus Emergency Management Service Global Food Awareness System.
Trade-wind clouds in a warmer climate
UK scientists are embarking on a project called EUREC4A that is designed to understand the processes controlling the response of trade-wind cumulus clouds to changing environmental conditions in a warmer climate.
Clouds play an important role in our climate by reflecting sunlight and absorbing heat emitted from the Earth’s surface. Therefore, the response to global warming of these clouds is critical for global mean cloud feedbacks.
At the moment, there is uncertainty about how clouds are responding to global warming, particularly those found at low levels over the tropical oceans.
Taking flight to detect chemical compounds in the North Atlantic Region
A team of scientists led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science have completed a two week flight campaign collecting atmospheric samples over the North Atlantic.
Researchers have been using the FAAM aircraft to detect changes in key atmospheric components above the North Atlantic, such as ozone, methane and aerosols. This information will help our ability to predict how changes over the North Atlantic will impact the UK.