Turbines affect the local climate at a wind farm
Newly published research shows that wind turbines have a measurable effect on the local climate. Detailed measurements of the atmosphere and soil at a wind farm in Scotland show that the action of the turbines creates small changes to local microclimates at certain times of the day.
When the turbines were operational at night during stable atmospheric conditions the temperature around the turbine increased by 0.18 °C. This increase is thought to be the effect of downward mixing of warmer air by the turbine blades.
Scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, the University of Glasgow, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster University and the University of Leeds collaborated on an ambitious project to measure the atmosphere and soil on a wind farm. The team placed a grid of over 100 temperature and humidity sensors around wind turbines at ScottishPower Renewables’ Black Law Wind Farm in North Lanarkshire.
New Collaborative Science Programmes
NERC has commissioned five highly ambitious research programmes, worth £34m, that will see its research centres working closely together to tackle major scientific and societal challenges. This is the first result of a new way of allocating national capability funding designed to enable more ambitious science than any single research organisation could provide.
The new approach to allocating national capability funding does not use new money, but realigns and refocuses the capabilities of the centres to drive more ambitious science through collaboration. It's also intended to maximise the value of these investments by providing the foundation for other NERC-funded activities.
Air Quality and Human Health Studentships 2016
We would like to announce 12 NERC studentships in the field of Air Quality and Human Health which are now open for applications. The studentships span fundamentals of atmospheric pollution, megacity air quality, boundary-layer atmospheric physics, technology and informatics. These NCAS studentships will be NERC-funded through the Universities, and additionally NCAS will provide a complementary programme of formal training and support to the students.
Studentships are expected to start in October 2016, further details about how to apply for these studentships is available by clicking on the links below.