NCAS supports biggest ever Arctic research expedition
The Arctic is a region of great sensitivity to climate change and is warming twice as fast as other regions on Earth. UK research teams have joined the first ever year-round expedition into the central Arctic Ocean, to undertake ground-breaking studies into the Arctic climate system during the middle of the polar night.
The expedition, called The Multi-Disciplinary drifting Observatory for the study of Arctic Climate programme (MOSAiC), will see the German research icebreaker RV Polarstern frozen into the Arctic sea ice and then drift across the top of the Arctic Ocean.
The signs and impacts of global warming are speeding up
The world’s leading climate science organisations have joined forces to launch a new report ahead of key UN talks in New York, which states the latest science on climate change and shines a light on the signs and impacts of global warming.
Climate change is accelerating, with sea levels rising and ice sheets melting faster than ever. The five-year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record, as carbon dioxide emissions have hit new highs.
Dr Rebecca Emerton Shortlisted for STEM Research Project of the Year
Dr Rebecca Emerton from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Dr Andrea Ficchi have been shortlisted for the STEM Research Project of the Year as part of the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2019.
Dr Emerton and Dr Ficchi lead on a research project that helped mitigate the impacts of the devastating floods in Mozambique during Cyclone Idai in March 2019. They provided emergency briefings to the UK’s Department of International Development by interpreting data from GloFAS, a state of the art Copernicus Emergency Management Service Global Food Awareness System.
Trade-wind clouds in a warmer climate
UK scientists are embarking on a project called EUREC4A that is designed to understand the processes controlling the response of trade-wind cumulus clouds to changing environmental conditions in a warmer climate.
Clouds play an important role in our climate by reflecting sunlight and absorbing heat emitted from the Earth’s surface. Therefore, the response to global warming of these clouds is critical for global mean cloud feedbacks.
At the moment, there is uncertainty about how clouds are responding to global warming, particularly those found at low levels over the tropical oceans.