The Climate Communication Project Survey
NCAS are involved in The Climate Communication Project, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their Engaging Environments call. The project aims to understand and evaluate existing expertise in the UK on communicating and engaging the public with climate change. A survey of the climate communication community forms part of this project and will allow us to understand how a range of specialists carry out their work, to share and promote best practice in the UK, and to point to areas where more investment and attention is needed.
NCAS to monitor MeteoGroup forecasts for the BBC
The BBC has engaged the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), an independent provider of research and services in atmospheric science, to regularly monitor the accuracy of MeteoGroup weather forecasts.
Harmful ozone levels are still a cause for concern across the world
New research on surface ozone levels highlights regions and populations across the world most affected by air pollution. The ambitious research, led by Dr Zoё Fleming from NCAS (based at the University of Leicester) and Professor Ruth Doherty from the University of Edinburgh, has analysed ground-level ozone data from over 4800 certified monitoring stations in urban and non-urban areas worldwide. The results provide the most comprehensive assessment of ground-level ozone ever. While ozone, a gas harmful to human health at ground level, has decreased in much of Europe and North America over the past 15 years, the study shows that ozone is increasing in parts of East Asia with increasing development and pollution emissions.
Scientists advance weather forecasts by discovering the cause of unusual wind patterns
An international research team has made important steps towards improving weather forecasts, by proving they can predict unprecedented changes in the normal eastward or westward flow of air high up in the atmosphere, known as the quasi-biennial oscillation.