National Centre for Atmospheric Science – News

  • Ocean has absorbed more than 90% of heat gained by planet, shows new reconstruction
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    NCAS’ Professor Jonathan Gregory has helped reconstruct ocean temperature change over the last 150 years. A team of researchers, led by the University of Oxford, have estimated that the ocean absorbed more than 90% of the heat gained by the planet between 1971 and 2010. The study also shows that… Read more »
  • ‘It is not too late to take action on sea level rise’, says scientist after award recognition
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    One of the world’s leading scientists on sea level rise under climate change has received an award recognising cutting-edge science.  Professor Jonathan Gregory, a senior scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading and Met Office Hadley Centre, was awarded a BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award.… Read more »
  • NCAS director awarded MBE in New Year Honours
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    Professor Stephen Mobbs, director of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), and Professor of atmospheric dynamics at the University of Leeds has been awarded an MBE for services to atmospheric sciences. Read more »
  • Has climate change affected California's wildfire season?
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    In 2018, the California wildfire season was more destructive than any previous California wildfire season on record. Throughout late summer and autumn a series of wildfires broke out across the state with the most severe consequences occuring in Northern California. The most dangerous fire, known as the Camp Fire, killed… Read more »
  • Atmospheric Science Conference 2019 - Call for Abstracts
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    The National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Royal Meteorological Society are jointly hosting the 2-day UK Atmospheric Science Conference in Birmingham on 2-3 July 2019. The call for abstracts is now open! The meeting will provide a unique opportunity to bring together atmospheric scientists with interests in weather, climate… Read more »
  • Turbulence forecasting research led by Paul Williams shortlisted for NERC Impact Award
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    While working for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Professor Paul Williams co-developed an air turbulence forecasting system which has helped make flying safer and smoother for up-to 2.5 billion passenger journeys. Paul Williams, who is based at the University of Reading, led a team-effort to develop an algorithmn that… Read more »
  • Alpine ice shows three-fold increase in atmospheric iodine
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    Analysis of iodine trapped in Alpine ice has shown that levels of atmospheric iodine have tripled over the past century, and this has kept harmful levels of ozone gases in the lower atmosphere partially in check. Ozone in the lower atmosphere acts as an air pollutant and greenhouse gas, but… Read more »