New Years Honours for FAAM's Maureen Smith
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science would like to congratulate members of the science and research community who have been recognised in the 2018 New Years Honours.
We are proud that Maureen Smith, the operations manager and senior flight manager for the joint NERC - Met Office Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), has been awarded a BEM for services to atmospheric science and meteorology.
FAAM to measure aerosols from biomass burning around remote Atlantic Island
The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) team has arrived on Ascension Island ready to start taking measurements of biomass aerosol. The FAAM research aircraft will fly around Ascension Island, a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean that is a hotspot for regional biomass burning aerosols released from the African Continent.
Climate change to increase severe turbulence
Strong turbulence could become twice or even three times as common because of climate change, according to a new study from the University of Reading.
The study is the first ever to examine the future of severe turbulence, which causes planes to undergo random up-and-down motions that are stronger than gravity.
Laser rainfall sensors deployed UK-wide
During February several laser rainfall sensors were deployed across the UK to form DiVeN (Disdrometer Verification Network) on a 2000 mile long field campaign. These instruments measure the size and fall speed of each individual particle, which allows the type of precipitation to be empirically deduced.