Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research

Lead Research Organisation: NERC National Ctr for Atmospheric Sci

Abstract

The Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research Research (CFARR) is one of the world's most advanced meteorological radar experimental facilities, and is home to the world's largest fully steerable meteorological radar, the Chilbolton Advanced Meteorological Radar (CAMRa). Live data from Chilbolton are showcased on the Chilbolton weather. web. In addition to our ongoing research programmes in meteorology and radio propagation, Chilbolton Observatory frequently hosts visiting experiments and research teams from universities and other research organisations, both from the UK and abroad. In January 2006 Chilbolton received the first signals from the new GIOVE-A satellite launched for the ESA's Galileo navigation system. Recent developments have added new capability to detect orbiting satellites and space debris. Chilbolton Observatory is part of the STFC. The facilities at Chilbolton are run by the Chilbolton Group of RAL Space at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and are funded largely through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Publications

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Aan De Brugh J (2011) The European aerosol budget in 2006 in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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Abel S (2012) An improved representation of the raindrop size distribution for single-moment microphysics schemes in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

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Aglietti G (2009) Harnessing High-Altitude Solar Power in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion

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Amiridis V (2013) Optimizing CALIPSO Saharan dust retrievals in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

 
Title Photographs from STFC Photowalks 
Description As a result of the STFC Photowalk events a collection of images has been created that convey the work at Chilbolton in novel and interesting ways. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Dissemination of these images to a wider audience can help stimulate public engagement. 
 
Description The capability provided by CFARR is key in understanding dynamical and microphysical processes associated with
clouds, rainfall, boundary-layer processes and aerosols. The Facility has played (and continues to play) an important role in the development of new observation technologies and the collection of long-term datasets.
Exploitation Route Improved parameterization of cloud and rain in forecast and climate models.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Environment,Transport

 
Description At part of the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) research carried out with the University of Reading has been pushing the boundaries of what can be represented reliably in numerical weather prediction models, with a particular focus on complex turbulent flows such as thunderstorms. The Dynamical and Microphysical Evolution of Convective Storms (DYMECS) project used the Chilbolton high-resolution radar (CAMRa) to gather a large database of over 1000 storms. Analysis of these and statistical comparison with equivalent data in the Met Office high-resolution forecast model, is providing a framework for testing improvements in the treatment of cloud, precipitation and turbulence. Contribution to improved forecasting of convective storms.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Environment
Impact Types Societal

 
Description CEOI-ST Call for Mission and Technology Preparation Activities for ESA Earth Explorer 9, Q3 2015
Amount £258,308 (GBP)
Funding ID RP10G0327E13 
Organisation UK Space Agency 
Department Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 09/2017
 
Description ESA ITT AO/1-8140/14/NL/MP Doppler Wind Radar Demonstrator
Amount € 449,956 (EUR)
Organisation ESA - ESTEC 
Sector Public
Country Netherlands
Start 05/2015 
End 06/2017
 
Description H2020-INFRADEV-2016-2
Amount € 3,999,996 (EUR)
Funding ID 739530 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015
Amount € 9,541,195 (EUR)
Funding ID 654109 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2015 
End 05/2019
 
Description National Space Technology Programme - Fast Track
Amount £134,942 (GBP)
Funding ID RP10G0348A10 
Organisation UK Space Agency 
Department Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 04/2017
 
Description Public Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of general outreach activities Open Days for members of the public have been held at Chilbolton Observatory every two years. Typically each event involves 100-200 visitors (but approx. 1200 for the 2007 event, which was the Observatory's 40th anniversary). The tours of the site, and talks by staff frequently stimulate engaging questions from people with a wide variety of technical and non-technical backgrounds.

Very positive feedback has been received from many who have attended, and such open engagement with the local community has positive benefits for the development of research activities at the site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2009,2011,2013,2017
 
Description STFC Photowalk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Chilbolton hosted visitors during the STFC Photowalks. The event gave an opportunity for professional and amateur photographers to tour the site and capture new and interesting views of the instrumentation and infrastructure. The results provide novel way of disseminating the activities of the facility to a wider audience.

A shortlist of photographs from all participating STFC sites was judged by a national panel. The overall winner in 2012 was Lisa Ward, whose image of the 25m Chilbolton antenna won her a trip to CERN. This raised awareness of Chilbolton in the wider scientific community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2014
 
Description STFC Other People's Business Scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The facility played host to a visit from STFC staff from other departments at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory and Swindon Office. They toured the site in small groups and there was plenty of engagement with staff about the research activities undertaken at Chilbolton.

There was positive feedback from those who attended, and many reported that they had gained knowledge of activities at Chilbolton that they had not been aware of before.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012