NCAS air quality expert to join new Defra science research programme
The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) has appointed NCAS air quality expert Dr Sarah Moller as one of six senior academic Fellows to focus on some of the UK’s most pressing environmental issues to inform and shape key future policy decisions.
The new Systems Research Programme will look at five key areas: rural land use, food, air quality, marine, and resources and waste. Sarah Moller, the NCAS Air Pollution Theme Leader based at the University of York, is leading the work on air pollution.
Unearthing historic weather records to help predict our future climate
The Operation Weather Rescue project is run by a team of UK meteorologists and climate scientists who are unearthing historic weather data to answer questions about our changing climate. Their project uses the tried and tested method of people power; drawing on invaluable help from members of the public by asking them to enter pieces of historical weather information into their online database.
UK's first Earth system model launched
A team of scientists led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science have completed building the UK’s first Earth system model.
An Earth system model is a complex computer simulation of the earth, including its atmosphere, land, ice and oceans. Traditionally, computer models have focused on single aspects of the global climate, but new models are able to integrate multiple environmental factors.
By providing a representation of the planet that draws on all environmental science disciplines, the Earth system model developed by the UKESM project will transform the UK’s capacity for predicting future climate change.
Air pollution at gas well site rises despite lack of fracking
Air quality monitoring near the Kirby Misperton gas well, conducted by NCAS and BGS scientists, has found that although full fracking never took place, the preoperational part of the development led to some air pollutants increasing in the vicinity of the rural site to levels more commonly seen in a city.
Professor Ally Lewis, NCAS Director of Science and Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of York, explains that the cause was the large number of lorry movements needed to supply and maintain equipment, plus diesel generators and compressors.