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.
Taking flight to detect chemical compounds in the North Atlantic Region
A team of scientists led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science have completed a two week flight campaign collecting atmospheric samples over the North Atlantic.
Researchers have been using the FAAM aircraft to detect changes in key atmospheric components above the North Atlantic, such as ozone, methane and aerosols. This information will help our ability to predict how changes over the North Atlantic will impact the UK.
Stepping up climate communications
The Climate Communication Project brought together leading academics and practitioners to take stock of what they know about public engagement with climate change in the UK, and how to communicate about it in the most effective way.
Coordinated by NCAS' Communications Manager, Dr Harriett Richardson, the NERC-funded Climate Communication Project was part of a major public engagement programme, Engaging Environments. The programme demonstrates the importance of engaging with the public to address complex environmental issues.
Read on to discover ways to step up your climate communication practices...
Extreme ice melt observed at Greenland's summit
The Greenland Ice Sheet is melting at an unprecedented rate as temperatures at Greenland’s summit reach the highest ever observed.
This week, scientists recorded temperatures above 0°C at Greenland’s summit. This is only the third time temperatures have been recorded above freezing, but the second time this summer. These unusually high temperatures are accelerating ice loss from Greenland's Ice Sheet, which covers 80% of the island.