Government urges experts to assess changes to air quality during COVID-19 pandemic
Experts in the fields of air pollution science, technology or management are being asked to address a set of urgent short-term questions related to recent and ongoing changes in UK air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Air Quality Expert group, acting on a request from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is calling for experts to provide focused and rapid scientific evidence that can support decision-making on air quality management in the coming weeks and months.
New facility for atmospheric measurements launches April 2020
A new research facility will offer scientists access to mobile instrumentation, laboratories and observatories across the world.
Through a £2.9m investment from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) spread over the next three years, the Atmospheric Measurement & Observation Facility (AMOF) will enable world-class measurements of the atmosphere.
As part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), AMOF will provide a joined-up service for the UK’s atmospheric science community, with experts on hand to plan and make world-class measurements, offer advanced data quality assessments and provide facilities for archiving open-access data.
Air pollution falling across UK cities, latest data shows
Air pollution has started to improve in many UK cities, following the same pattern set by other countries where travel and outdoor activity have been restricted.
New analysis shows that levels of nitrogen dioxide and small particle pollution are significantly lower than the levels normally seen at this time of year in most of the UK’s largest cities.
Scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science based at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory have produced a set of graphics that compare this year’s air pollution levels to the average level of air pollution over the last five years.
Help solve the two-hundred year gap in British weather records
Scientists are appealing to the public to help save historical rainfall records, so that climate scientists can better understand the causes of wet and dry weather. By recording this information about rain online, we can help unlock answers to questions about our weather and changing climate.
The Rainfall Rescue project aims to fill in the gaps in our historical rainfall observation network. Scientists estimate there are nearly four million hand-written rainfall records, logged since 1820, that have been scanned - but never digitised.