Step change required for tackling UK air quality
A new report on improving air quality has been published by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Social Care and Transport Committees. NCAS’s Professor Ally Lewis and Dr Sarah Moller, who are atmospheric chemists based at the University of York, provided evidence and recommendations that were quoted widely by the committees in the report.
Upgrade to UK environmental science supercomputer will make it twice as capable
A major upgrade is being made to double the storage available in the UK’s leading environmental science supercomputer, JASMIN. The upgraded system will support the global analysis of the next generation of climate models and provide a venue for UK academia and industry to exploit Earth observation data.
International Women's Day 2018: Women in atmospheric science share their stories
To mark International Women’s Day, women across the National Centre for Atmospheric Science have given us an insight to their work and experiences in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) careers. Today (8 March 2018) we are celebrating their fantastic contributions to UK research and innovation, and hope to inspire more women to work in STEM, in particular, at the forefront of atmospheric science.
We spoke to women across the breadth of our organisation, in roles as diverse as data scientists, instrument scientists, training and communications managers, and PhD students. Their responses are inspiring and motivating for all of us, but also recognise the ongoing challenges faced by women in our field, and more generally.
FAAM investigates ice-forming particles in desert dust over the Atlantic
A team of researchers, including scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, have used the FAAM research aircraft to examine desert dust from the Sahara as it is transported over the Atlantic several days later. Scientists were using a new technique to measure the concentration of ice-nucleating particles in the desert dust. These are particles in the atmosphere that ice crystals can form on - without them, liquid water droplets can cool to -40℃ without freezing. There have been very few measurements of these ice-nucleating particles within the air near to desert sources.