Weather forecasters turn to Welsh radar to ease unexpected coronavirus impact
A radar in Wales is helping weather forecasters deal with an unexpected impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Weather forecasters rely on daily observations from commercial aircraft to run their computer models. Now, they’re facing a shortage of data as coronavirus grounds up to 75% of flights by major airlines.
The dramatic reduction in the number of flights is expected to have a negative impact on the quality of forecasts. At high profile forecasting centres, such as the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasting, aircraft reports are second only to satellite data in their importance to forecasts.
Government urges experts to assess changes to air quality during COVID-19 pandemic
Experts in the fields of air pollution science, technology or management are being asked to address a set of urgent short-term questions related to recent and ongoing changes in UK air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Air Quality Expert group, acting on a request from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is calling for experts to provide focused and rapid scientific evidence that can support decision-making on air quality management in the coming weeks and months.
New facility for atmospheric measurements launches April 2020
A new research facility will offer scientists access to mobile instrumentation, laboratories and observatories across the world.
Through a £2.9m investment from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) spread over the next three years, the Atmospheric Measurement & Observation Facility (AMOF) will enable world-class measurements of the atmosphere.
As part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), AMOF will provide a joined-up service for the UK’s atmospheric science community, with experts on hand to plan and make world-class measurements, offer advanced data quality assessments and provide facilities for archiving open-access data.
Air pollution falling across UK cities, latest data shows
Air pollution has started to improve in many UK cities, following the same pattern set by other countries where travel and outdoor activity have been restricted.
New analysis shows that levels of nitrogen dioxide and small particle pollution are significantly lower than the levels normally seen at this time of year in most of the UK’s largest cities.
Scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science based at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory have produced a set of graphics that compare this year’s air pollution levels to the average level of air pollution over the last five years.