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The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world leading research centre dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

With an annual budget of £15M NCAS carries out research in air pollution, high-impact weather, and long-term global changes in atmospheric composition and climate, and provides the UK community with state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere. These include a research aircraft, advanced ground-based observational facilities, computer modelling and support, and facilities for storing and analysing data. We play a significant and influential role in many international science programmes and provide the UK with advice, leadership and national capability in atmospheric science.

NCAS is not based in one location. It is made up three science themes (air pollution; high-impact weather; long-term global change) and five services and facilities distributed across many UK universities and related research institutions.

NCAS Organisational Structure

Operational Management

NCAS Director: Professor Stephen Mobbs

Deputy Director: Professor Ally Lewis

Chief Scientist: Professor John Pyle

NCAS Manager and Head of Impact: Dr Adrian Kybett

Science Programmes

Director of Climate Science: Professor Rowan Sutton

Director of Composition: Professor Ally Lewis

Director of Atmospheric Physics: Professor Alan Blyth

Services and Facilities

Director of Models and Data: Professor Bryan Lawrence

Director of Observational Facilities: Professor Geraint Vaughan

Head of the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis: Dr Victoria Bennett

Head of Computer Modelling Services: Dr Grenville Lister

Head of the Atmospheric Measurement Facility: Dr Barbara Brooks

Head of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements: Mr Alan Woolley

Head of CFARR: Dr Chris Walden

Head of MSTRF: Dr David Hooper

Head of EISCAT UK Support: Dr Ian McCrea


Read more about the History of NCAS