New Years Honours for FAAM's Maureen Smith
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science would like to congratulate members of the science and research community who have been recognised in the 2018 New Years Honours.
We are proud that Maureen Smith, the operations manager and senior flight manager for the joint NERC - Met Office Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), has been awarded a BEM for services to atmospheric science and meterology.
Ms Smith is part of the Met Office contingent at FAAM and is affiliated to the NERC research centre, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). Ms Smith has led FAAM's planning of missions using the FAAM aircraft around trhe world for the past 10 years.
Roadside air quality targets may be met ahead of schedule
European estimates of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) directly emitted from vehicles may have been overestimated, according to new analysis of public data by scientists at the University of York and National Centre for Atmospheric Science.
Many European Union countries, including the UK, are struggling to comply with the legal limits for roadside levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide, a problem attributed largely to the increasing use of diesel vehicles across the continent.
But according to scientists who have re-examined 130 million hourly measurements from 61 European cities, the future projections of roadside NO2 air quality may be “overly pessimistic.”
UnEarthed brings environmental science to life in Edinburgh
This November, over 7,000 members of the public were immersed into a world of thrilling environmental science presented by the Natural Environment Research Council at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The free-to-attend event, UnEarthed, attracted large crowds and visitors praised the variety and quality of the interactive exhibits. The science showcase was open for four days between 17th and 20th November, with two days allocated to school groups and two for the general public. Over 30 science teams travelled from all over the country, bringing all kinds of inspiring and hands-on displays to exhibit. Visitors could come face-to-face with aquatic invasive species, take an infra-red selfie, and see how earthquakes are detected.
NCAS set up temporary weather station on Ben Nevis after 113 years without observations
A team from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science scaled the UK's highest mountain this week to install a weather station that will record conditions on the summit for the first time in 113 years.
The expedition is the latest stage of Operation Weather Rescue: Ben Nevis which launched in September 2017 and appealed to the public to help digitise two million 'lost' weather measurements taken by a group of Victorian volunteers known as the 'Weathermen of Ben Nevis' by hand, every hour on the hour, each day of the year, from 1883 to 1904. Since September, over 3,500 volunteers have digitised over 1.25 million weather observations.