Using weather radar to monitor insect decline around the world
Scientists are developing a pioneering technique that allows them to monitor insects in the air using weather radars, as part of a research project called BioDAR.
Ecosystems rely on insects for pollination and as vital parts of food webs, but insect populations have been falling sharply. Until now there has been no consistent method for effectively tracking the abundance and diversity of insects over large areas.
BioDAR researchers from the University of Leeds, University of Exeter and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science will use weather radar technology to provide detailed maps of insect abundance and diversity.
Scientists fly over the Atlantic to measure ship exhaust emissions
Scientists on board the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) research aircraft have started measuring emissions from ship exhausts off the northwest coast of Portugal.
Scientists are collecting measurements to help quantify the impact of upcoming emission regulations, which limit maximum ship sulphur emissions in international waters.
NCAS research that addresses drought insurance and flood forecasts is celebrated
The University of Reading’s Research Engagement and Impact Awards celebrate research that addresses real world problems. NCAS scientists Professor Emily Black and Dr Rebecca Emerton were among four winners whose work shows huge potential for bringing about positive change internationally.
A summer of science - ASC 2019
This year the UK Atmospheric Science Conference is at the University of Birmingham, hosted jointly by NCAS and the Royal Meteorological Society.
Atmospheric science has never been more relevant to society. The ASC aims to showcase the latest developments across the breadth of the field, in a way that demonstrates how disciplines are coming together and working towards understanding changes in our atmosphere and how they affect the world we live in.
The latest conference programme is available to view now. You can also download the full list of speaker biographies and the view the oral abstracts.