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The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world leader in atmospheric science.NCAS national_centre_logo

With an annual budget of £9M we carry out research programmes on:

    • The science of climate change, including modelling and predictions
    • Atmospheric composition, including air quality
    • Weather, including hazardous weather
    • Technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere

Additionally, we provide scientific facilities for researchers right across the UK to enable excellent atmospheric science on a national scale. These include a world-leading research aircraft, a ground-based instrumentation pool, access to computer models and facilities for storing and accessing data. In a nutshell, we provide the UK academic community and the Natural Environment Research Council with national capability in atmospheric science.

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 NCAS provides NERC with national capability in atmospheric science research.
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is one of the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) research centres. The Centre increases knowledge of key environmental issues including: climate change, weather processes and atmospheric composition including air quality.  By its very nature, atmospheric science research is multi-disciplinary, bringing together scientists from a range of core disciplines such as physics, chemistry and mathematics. NCAS has a structure based on science directorates and technology divisions emphasising science applications, which naturally work across NCAS as a whole encouraging multi-disciplinary research and co-operation.

 state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere
It uses state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere and its research is used by policy makers and the wider UK science base.

NCAS is not based in one location. It is made up three science directorates (climate; atmospheric physics; atmospheric composition) and four services and facilities distributed across many UK universities and related 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