NERC strategic research programme to reduce climate model uncertainties
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be investing £12 million into a large-scale strategic research programme on Reducing Uncertainties in Climate Models from Clouds.
Clouds emit heat energy back to the earth’s surface, and so can have a warming effect on our climate. But, clouds also reflect incoming sunlight and heat back out into space, and therefore exert a cooling effect. Whether the overall effect of these cloud feedbacks on the climate is warming or cooling depends on the formation, type, and altitude of the clouds; this presents a fundamental and persistent challenge for climate scientists.
NCAS to upgrade measurement facilities thanks to NERC investment
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is making a transformative investment of £1.4 million in NCAS’s Atmospheric Measurement Facility (AMF) and the NERC Facility for Atmospheric Radar Research (NFARR), enabling a step change in the way the atmospheric science community makes observations of the atmosphere.
NCAS to support 12 NERC-funded PhD training partnerships
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has invested £100 million to fund over 200 PhD studentships, as part of its Doctoral Training Partnerships 2 programme. 17 PhD training partnerships, known as DTPs, will provide the scientists of tomorrow with scientific, professional and technical skills.
The DTPs bring together universities, research organisations and partners from a wide range of backgrounds across the UK, including the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).
NCAS are delighted to be involved in 12 of the 17 DTPs funded by NERC, and will be able to provide the students with a comprehensive training programme drawing on the expertise of over 170 UK and international atmospheric scientists.
Ed Hawkins' warming stripes add colour to climate communication
Communicating about climate change can be challenging, but Professor Ed Hawkins has shown that simple data visualisations can capture people’s attention and leave a lasting impression.
Earlier this year, Hawkins created a colourful climate change timeline that looked more like a piece of modern art than a traditional data plot. Yet, the message resonated clearly with viewers.