UK Chemistry and Aerosols Programme (UKCA)

Lead Research Organisation: Natural Environment Research Council


UKCA is a joint NCAS-Met Office programme funded by NCAS, GMR and DEFRA. Project partners are the Hadley Centre and the Universities of Cambridge, Leeds and Oxford. Our objective is to develop, evaluate and make available a new UK community atmospheric chemistry-aerosol global model suitable for a range of topics in climate and environmental change research. Specific aims are: a) to develop a state-of-the-art chemistry and aerosols model; to improve coupling between chemistry and aerosols; b) to model joint troposphere-stratosphere chemistry and aerosols; c) to improve our understanding of the role of chemistry and aerosols in climate forcing; d) to investigate and quantify feedbacks in the climate system; e) to develop air quality forecasts.


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Description We have developed scheme for atmospheric chemical processes that are being used in new UK science initiatives, including the development of a UK Earth System Model.
Exploitation Route Use in the new UK Earth System Model; use for next IPCC process.
Sectors Environment

Description We have developed a model framework which can be used to assess the impact on climate and air quality of changes in atmospheric composition. The model has contributed to the WMO/UNEP assessment of ozone layer and is being used in future climate/chemistry assessments.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Chemicals,Environment
Impact Types Policy & public services