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.
Call for Abstracts launched for Atmospheric Science Conference 2018
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Royal Meteorological Society are jointly hosting the first UK Atmospheric Science Conference, which will take place on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 July 2018, at the University of York, UK. The abstract deadline is Friday 16 March 2018.
The meeting will be broadly based, bringing together atmospheric scientists with interests in weather, climate, and atmospheric chemistry to present latest research findings. We encourage oral and poster contributions from all those communities. The conference sessions will mainly be in plenary, including invited speakers covering all the above areas, with a limited number of parallel sessions. Poster sessions will form a very important part of the conference.
Air quality research ‘supersites’ set for Manchester, Birmingham and London
A new network of advanced air quality monitoring instruments will detect harmful air pollutants and their sources in greater detail than ever before at existing research sites in three UK cities.
Three urban air pollution research laboratories, or supersites, are expected to be operational in London, Birmingham and Manchester by the end of 2018. The new equipment will allow researchers to gather higher-quality data on the content of harmful urban air pollution and where the gases and particles that pollute our air are coming from.