National Centre for Atmospheric Science – News

  • Leading experts to evaluate climate communications
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    NCAS is embarking on a newly funded project called the ‘Climate Consortium’, which will put in place national infrastructure to deliver high impact public engagement with climate change. Working closely alongside a range of academic and non-academic partners, NCAS will bring together leading experts on public engagement to evaluate the climate... Read more »
  • Monitoring gases from Iceland's most active volcanoes
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    Researchers from NCAS and the Natural Environment Research Council have recently returned from a mission to monitor gases in the skies above Iceland’s active volcanoes. Scientists were on board the UK’s unique flying laboratory looking for signals that may warn of an eruption. ... Read more »
  • Climate change increases the risk of severe turbulence on international flights
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    A new study led by NCAS’ Dr Paul Williams, based at the University of Reading, has calculated that climate change will significantly increase the amount of severe turbulence experienced by flights around the world by 2050–2080. Severe turbulence involves forces stronger than gravity, and is strong enough to throw people... Read more »
  • Crossing the Chasm: Developing weather and climate models for next generation computers
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    Weather and climate models are complex pieces of software which include many individual components, each of which is evolving under the pressure to exploit advances in computing. Increasing computational diversity and software complexity could lead to a chasm between scientific aspiration and our ability to develop and/or rapidly adapt weather and... Read more »
  • 30 years of healing the ozone layer
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    This week (Saturday 16th September), marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.  The signing of the Montreal Protocol was a landmark political event and environmental science made it happen. ... Read more »
  • Unearthing ‘lost’ Ben Nevis weather data
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    Scientists are on a mission to rescue two million pieces of ‘lost’ weather data gathered more than 100 years ago by intrepid volunteers on Britain’s highest mountain. But they need the your help. Join Operation Weather Rescue to bring the past back to life to help understand the weather today... Read more »
  • Most advanced space weather radar to be built in the Arctic
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    The most advanced space weather radar in the world is to be built in the Arctic. The EISCAT_3D radar will provide UK scientists with a cutting-edge tool to probe the upper atmosphere and near-Earth space, helping them understand the effects of space weather storms on the lower atmosphere, satellites, communications... Read more »