Is climate change affecting our summer weather?
In Britain the weather is always a talking point, but a succession of heatwaves in Europe this summer have brought climate into the conversation too.
Hot and dry conditions have been the big story this summer. Heatwaves have been hitting the headlines since late June, with high-profile wildfires and deaths across the Northern Hemisphere. In the UK, July was named the third hottest on record and temperatures have reached above 33℃. Scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science have explained how the day-to-day weather we’re experiencing this year is linked to climate change.
Professor John Pyle and Professor Ed Hawkins awarded Royal Society Medals
Professors John Pyle and Ed Hawkins, scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, have been awarded medals by the Royal Society in recognition of their contributions to science.
Professor John Pyle, NCAS Chief Scientist, has been awarded the Royal Society’s Davy Medal for his influential work in understanding the global ozone layer. The Davy Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the field of chemistry.
Professor Ed Hawkins has been awarded the Kavli Medal and Lecture for his contributions to understanding and quantifying natural climate variability and long-term climate change, and for his active communication of climate science. The Kavli Medal is awarded each year for excellence in all fields of science and engineering relevant to the environment or energy. As part of the award, recipients are invited to deliver a lecture at the Royal Society in London.
Scientists take to the skies to measure emissions from Greater Manchester moors fires
Scientists flew through the plumes of smoke rising from the Greater Manchester moor fires to sample pollution levels last week. Operating the UK’s specially adapted research aircraft, a team of atmospheric scientists have measured and sampled the air pollution released from the moorland fires at Winter Hill and Saddleworth.
NCAS instrumentation to be deployed on Swedish icebreaker to make Arctic measurements
State-of-the-art instrumentation from the NCAS Atmospheric Measurement Facility (AMF) will be deployed on the Swedish research vessel Oden this year to observe the atmosphere in the Arctic. The measurement campaign is part of the Microbiology Ocean Cloud Coupling in the High Arctic (MOCCHA) research project, led by Professor Ian Brooks based at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and University of Leeds.
Scientists will measure the properties of clouds and the lowest part of the atmosphere by installing a suite of remote-sensing instruments onboard the icebreaker Oden during summer 2018. The Oden will be moored to a stable ice floe in the central Arctic Ocean to drift with the ice for one month, capturing data on the summer melt and early autumn freeze.