Scientists take to the skies to measure emissions from Greater Manchester moors fires
Scientists flew through the plumes of smoke rising from the Greater Manchester moor fires to sample pollution levels last week. Operating the UK’s specially adapted research aircraft, a team of atmospheric scientists have measured and sampled the air pollution released from the moorland fires at Winter Hill and Saddleworth.
NCAS instrumentation to be deployed on Swedish icebreaker to make Arctic measurements
State-of-the-art instrumentation from the NCAS Atmospheric Measurement Facility (AMF) will be deployed on the Swedish research vessel Oden this year to observe the atmosphere in the Arctic. The measurement campaign is part of the Microbiology Ocean Cloud Coupling in the High Arctic (MOCCHA) research project, led by Professor Ian Brooks based at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and University of Leeds.
Scientists will measure the properties of clouds and the lowest part of the atmosphere by installing a suite of remote-sensing instruments onboard the icebreaker Oden during summer 2018. The Oden will be moored to a stable ice floe in the central Arctic Ocean to drift with the ice for one month, capturing data on the summer melt and early autumn freeze.
Professor Emeritus Christopher Collier awarded MBE
Professor Emeritus Christopher Collier has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to atmospheric science. Chris is a former head of Strategic Partnerships at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), he was based at the University of Leeds.
The focus of Chris' work was to help scientists study weather and climate and improve our lives through the use of their research. In particular, Chris used weather radar to make measurements of rainfall and improve forecasting of heavy rain and floods.
Professor Collier's illustrious career began at the Met Office, and he has been involved with NCAS since its inception in 2001. He was also President of the Royal Meteorological Society and chaired the European Science and Technology (COST) Project 73 on international radar networking. At NCAS, Chris contributed to the development of UK atmospheric science by developing research partnerships both new and existing, and undertaking original research of his own.
NCAS to support unprecedented observational campaign in the Maritime Continent
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) will support a major field campaign in Indonesia in 2019/2020 as part of the research project TerraMaris: The Maritime Continent - Driver of the Global Climate System. The project is led by Prof. Adrian Matthews at the University of East Anglia, alongside Prof. Steve Woolnough at the University of Reading and National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Dr Cathryn Birch at the University of Leeds and the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science.