Has climate change affected California's wildfire season?
In 2018, the California wildfire season was more destructive than any previous California wildfire season on record. Throughout late summer and autumn a series of wildfires broke out across the state with the most severe consequences occuring in Northern California. The most dangerous fire, known as the Camp Fire, killed over 80 civilians.
Experts have drawn links between this year’s extreme wildfire season and increasing global temperatures, but it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how climate change has affected the California wildfires.
Atmospheric Science Conference 2019 - Call for Abstracts
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Royal Meteorological Society are jointly hosting the 2-day UK Atmospheric Science Conference in Birmingham on 2-3 July 2019. The call for abstracts is now open!
The meeting will provide a unique opportunity to bring together atmospheric scientists with interests in weather, climate and atmospheric chemistry to present latest research findings.
Call for Abstracts
- Abstracts are now being accepted for both oral and poster presentations for the ASC2019.
- We encourage oral and poster contributions from all weather, climate and atmospheric chemistry communities.
- The conference sessions will be a mixture of plenary speakers, parallel oral sessions and poster sessions over a two day period.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Friday 8th March 2019.
Turbulence forecasting research led by Paul Williams shortlisted for NERC Impact Award
While working for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Professor Paul Williams co-developed an air turbulence forecasting system which has helped make flying safer and smoother for up-to 2.5 billion passenger journeys.
Paul Williams, who is based at the University of Reading, led a team-effort to develop an algorithmn that predicts in-flight turbulence using gravity waves in the atmosphere. Paul's work has been used every day by the US National Weather Service since 2015, and has been shortlisted for the Natural Environment Research Council Impact Awards 2018.
Alpine ice shows three-fold increase in atmospheric iodine
Analysis of iodine trapped in Alpine ice has shown that levels of atmospheric iodine have tripled over the past century, and this has kept harmful levels of ozone gases in the lower atmosphere partially in check.
Ozone in the lower atmosphere acts as an air pollutant and greenhouse gas, but ozone is also the main driver of iodine emissions from the ocean. Once released into the atmosphere, iodine acts to destroy this ‘bad’ ozone.