Scientist Profile - Laura Wilcox
Dr Laura Wilcox is a research scientist from NCAS-Climate. She works in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading studying the effects of aerosols on the climate. Laura studied Physics at the University of Oxford, and then moved to the University of Reading to complete an M.Sc in Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate. Laura then continued to complete a Ph.D at the University of Reading.
In simple terms, how do you describe your work?
Aerosols are tiny particles or liquid droplets in the atmosphere. They can have natural sources (e.g. volcanoes and deserts) or man-made sources (e.g. the burning of fossil fuels). Aerosols can cool the climate by scattering energy from the sun, or by changing the properties of clouds. I am trying to understand how aerosols affect our climate. At the moment, I am particularly interested in how they affect key weather patterns like the monsoons.
Job Opportunity : Instrument Scientist / Engineer: Atmospheric Science
National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) – Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM)Instrument Scientist / Engineer: Atmospheric Science
Location: FAAM, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire;
Full time, fixed term for 12 months, available immediately
Job sharing arrangements can be considered
Closing date: Tuesday 02 June 2015
You will be a highly motivated individual - with a background in the physical sciences or engineering – and will work with airborne observational groups in atmospheric science, as an Instrument Research Scientist/Engineer. You will design, prepare, maintain and operate airborne research instruments for worldwide deployment.
Air Quality Forecast
The NCAS Air Quality Forecast (AQF) system is a research tool used by the scientific community interested in the prediction of air quality related pollutant species over the UK. It provides a three day forecast of Ozone (O3), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
The NCAS AQF system, is operated by the Centre of Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research, University of Hertfordshire and the forecasts are publicly available. Please note that DEFRA operate the official air quality forecast system for public information in the UK.