Overall Winner at the NERC Impact Awards
NCAS Chief Scientist, Professor John Pyle FRS was honoured in the inaugural NERC Impact Awards at a ceremony earlier this week as the overall winner. Professor Pyle and Dr Neil Harris were rewarded for a large body of work that has led to a greater understanding of the depletion of ozone in the stratosphere. This work followed the suggestion in the 1970s that man-made compounds could deplete ozone, and the subsequent discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole in 1985.
Professor Pyle and Dr Neil Harris' work influenced the Montreal Protocol which ensured the rapid phase-out of ozone-depleting substances. As a result, the hole in the ozone now appears to be slowly closing, preventing a number of UV-related health problems worldwide, including skin cancer, sunburn and cataracts.
Final ACITES Network meeting
The final Atmospheric Chemistry In The Earth System (ACITES) Network meeting will be held on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th February 2015 at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel, Station Rise, York.
Register Now - to attend the final ACITES Network Meeting. Please note: Places are limited to 80 delegates, early registration is advisable. There will not be an Emerging Scientists day for this meeting (unlike previous meetings).
The closing date for registration is Monday 26th January 2015
The End of the Rainbow - An Open Letter to the Community
An open letter from a group of climate scientists ask for an end to the rainbow colour scale in climate science. The scientists, including NCAS's Ed Hawkins petitions the climate science community in a "A plea to you all to help rid climate science of colour scales that can distort, mislead and confuse. Colour scales that are often illegible to those who are colour blind."
The open letter is published on the Climate Lab Book blog, co-written by Hawkins and outlines the need to reform the use of certain colour scales and offers possible solutions. Highlighting that "We need to be more willing to discuss and criticise the visualisation of the science as well as the science itself", the open letter highlights that authors, journals reviewers and editors need to be aware of the issues surrounding potentially misleading colour scales.