NCAS Observations - facilities for ground-based atmospheric measurements

Lead Research Organisation: NERC National Ctr for Atmospheric Sci

Abstract

The NCAS Facility for Ground based Atmospheric Measurements (FGAM) provides scientific facilities for scientists and researchers across the UK to enable excellent atmospheric science on a national scale. FGAM manages, maintains and operates state-of-the-art instrumentation for use on the ground and onboard research aircraft. The facility is an integral part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) facilitating the study of atmospheric processes by the national and international research community. It's role is to makes ground and airborne observations, runs and/or works with atmospheric observatories and performs laboratory and calibration studies. FGAM Instrument Scientists (ISs) each run a specific instrument(s) to: facilitate non-specialist use; maintain and run equipment; ensure quality of data; and archive data at the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC).

Publications

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Description LIdar work was used during the 2010 Eyja eruption to monitor volcanic ash Wind profiler data supplied to Met Office for operational weather forecasting
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Environment
Impact Types Economic

 
Description NERC RRS Discovery in London. Public & Community Engagement. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presenting the research and facilities of NCAS as well as "Science Busking" on London's Lower Embankment. Involvement with this event raised the profile of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science within NERC and with a wide range of stakeholders. Over 500 people were involved with tours, busking and in other activities surrounding the events in October in London. Felicity Perry
Volunteers included Jamie Minaeian, Matt Gascoyne, James Lee, James Allan, Sarah Moller, Tor Smith, Felicity Perry, Ioana Colfescu, Zoe Fleming, Marvin Shaw, Tomas Sherwen and Sina Hackenberg
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://storify.com/PlanetEarthnews/rrs-discovery-visits-london
 
Description BBC Look North (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview with Paul Hudson, a weather presenter and climate correspondent for BBC Look North in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, on tornadoes and flooding.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Into The Blue - NERC Public Engagement Event - Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Into the blue Manchester was held at the Manchester Runway Visitor Park between 25th October and 29th October 2016. Staged under the wings of Concorde, the event consisted of five days of science engagement with a total audience of approximately 5,250 people, an average of over 1,000 visitors each day. Researchers, science communicators, stakeholders and the general public were brought together to bring alive the science we live and breathe.
Into the blue was conceived, funded and managed by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK's leading commissioner of environmental science. NERC has an obligation by royal charter to communicate its research with the public and to create a dialogue that can benefit environmental science, researchers, and society as a whole. In 2016 NERC capitalised on its unique opportunity to engage with public audiences by materialising the UK's largest research aircraft at Into the blue Manchester. The FAAM aircraft provided Into the blue with a central motif that brought to life the UK's world leading research capabilities.
Into the blue Manchester offered visitors a chance to tour the FAAM aircraft, attend talks, meet scientists and interact with a diverse range of hands-on science exhibits. Event contributors represented more than 30 universities and research centres across the UK, showcasing the very best of UK environmental science research.
From the outset it was clear that Into the blue was going to be more ambitious than any event NERC had staged before. To measure the success of Into the blue and to improve future events a comprehensive evaluation has been carried out. This has provided insights and metrics to allow NERC to respond to feedback. By engaging with and listening to our audiences we aim to improve future practice.
This evaluation aims to establish how far the Into the blue showcase was able to achieve the four primary objectives set out by NERC:
Make NERC science accessible to the public, stimulating enthusiasm and support for UK environmental science;
Engage targeted stakeholders with NERC science and innovation to create advocates for NERC;
Engage our colleagues to encourage pride in NERC and act as ambassadors;
Create a focal point for broad-reaching mass public engagement via media and social media based on these events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://intotheblue.nerc.ac.uk
 
Description Leeds Festival of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Leeds Festival of Science. I took the mobile radar to two schools as part of a "Weather Roadshow", a 2 hour workshop introducing school children to weather observations and forecasting.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description NCAS facilities and services represented at Meteorological Technology World Exp 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Representatives from NCAS, FAAM, AMF and CEDA exhibited at the Meteorological Technology World Expo in Amsterdam. We were part of 200 exhibiting companies and organisations at the 3-day event, where 4000 people attended. We spoke to weather and climate related manufacturers, service providers and scientists about the work we deliver via our facilities and services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Online publication of time lapse videos 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Publication of the first atmospheric science education/outreach time-lapse video at http://cedadocs.badc.rl.ac.uk/1271/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cedadocs.badc.rl.ac.uk/127
 
Description Open Day - See Behind the Scenes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact NCAS at Leeds University took part in a School of Earth and Environment evening activity to engage students, staff and the public in the activities that occur within the School. The "Behind the Scenes" event on 14th November 2013 aimed to engage the local people, staff from other departments and students of all levels within the university.



NCAS's presence at this event was significant. We filled the foyer of the department with scientific equipment, including a LIDAR, weather station, weather balloon, unmanned aerial vehicles and had posters with information about NCAS, our science and out training courses.



Lindsay Bennett, Instrument Scientist demonstrated the AMF mobile radar to students and staff of the School of Earth and Environment during this event, which proved to be a great success.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Open Evening (University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Demonstrated the mobile radar to students and staff of the School of Earth and Environment during the "Behind the Scenes" event on 14th November 2013. Presented other atmospheric science instrumentation and publicised the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.

NCAS increased it's visibility in the host university department.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
 
Description Operation Weather Rescue - citizen science project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Operation Weather Rescue is a citizen science project to digitise lost weather measurements from over 100 years ago. Over 3,700 volunteers have rescued 177,504 hours of weather data from the historic Ben Nevis Observatory so far, and more are continuing to digitise further records. This project is led by Ed Hawkins (NCAS Climate) and Harriett Richardson (NCAS Comms) and has strengthened our partnership with RMetS via Marjory Roy. Operation Weather Rescue results were displayed at NERC's UnEarthed event in Edinburgh (November 2017). Operation Weather Rescue and the subsequent NCAS temporary weather station which was installed on Ben Nevis, led to substantial press coverage e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-41177662/ben-nevis-weather-records-to-enter-the-digital-age and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41918646.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/edh/weather-rescue/
 
Description Operation Weather Rescue at UnEarthed (NERC showcase) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The NCAS Communications Team, Ed Hawkins (NCAS Climate), Lindsay Bennet (NCAS Weather) and volunteers from Edinburgh and Reading universities delivered an exhibition stand about Operation Weather Rescue (OWR) at NERC's UnEarthed environmental showcase (free to attend) event at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. 7000 attendees came to the 4-day long event. The NCAS Comms Team designed the exhibition stand, developed engaging animations with the OWR data, created 'make your own weather instruments' activities and installed an outdoor data display of temperature change since the industrial revolution in Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participation in BBC series CLOUD-LAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in a Radio Interview

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Participation in a radio/TV interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview with Paul Hudson, a weather presenter and climate correspondent for BBC Look North in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, on tornadoes and flooding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentations by David Hooper to school pupils and sea cadets 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks about atmospheric refraction, ice crystals on the edge of space and cloud spotting/identification were given by David Hooper to school groups visiting the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and to the Abingdon Sea Cadets group. The talks provided the pupils and cadets with further information about weather-related topics and inspired questions and further discussion afterwards. The school talks were part of a STFC RAL open day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Primary School Visit (Shadwell, Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Visit to Shadwell Primary School, Leeds to talk to the pupils about storms, tornadoes and flooding. I spent the whole day talking to each year group about my work as a weather scientist and the impact of severe weather.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Public Engagement at a local museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I helped produce a leaflet that was on display and handed out to members of the public during the Convective Precipitation Experiment (COPE) in Cornwall during July and August 2013. The leaflet gave an overview of the project, its science and aims, and descriptions of the instruments deployed in the local area.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Public Lecture (Burn Gliding Club) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I was a guest speaker at Burn Gliding Club, to present a talk on the mobile radar. I gave an overview of the COPE field project. December 2013

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description Public Lecture - Burn Gliding Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I was a guest speaker at Burn Gliding Club, to present a talk on the AMF mobile radar that I use for my research into clouds, storms and the formation of heavy rain. I gave an overview of the COPE field project. December 2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Public Talk - David Hooper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact David Hooper gave a talk on "Angels and Mirages", i.e. about atmospheric refractive index at the RAL Space Visitor Centre
For Whom: approximately 16 students (a mix of Work Experience, Vacation, and other)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Talk - David Hooper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact David Hooper gave a presentation on atmospheric refractive index and a tour of the NERC MST Radar site at the NERC MST Radar site near Aberystwyth
There were approximately 20 members of the Aberystwyth Amateur Radio Club in the audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public Talk at Youth Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact David Hooper gave a presentation on the different types of cumulus clouds to 11 members of the Abingdon Sea Cadets group. They had specifically requested a weather-related talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Radio and television interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio and television interviews for South Georgia Hazard forecasting project

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description School talks about weather 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lindsay Bennett talked to Year 3 at Spring Bank Primary School in Headingley and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Keighley, about her job as a meteorologist, for their Wild Weather theme this term. She showed photos and animations about clouds, making observations with radar, and talked about storms and tornadoes. They also had fun doing the "cloud in the bottle" and "tornado in a bottle" demonstrations to illustrate some of the science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Schools Workshop - part of NERC Climate Explorers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hannah Price organised and ran a schools workshop in Greenwich (as part of NERC Climate Explorers) - hands on activity in which children build instruments for their own atmospheric research aircraft
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Schools activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Visit to Shadwell Primary School, Leeds to talk to the pupils about storms, tornadoes and flooding. I spent the whole day and spoke to ever year group about my work as a weather scientist and the impact of severe weather.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Schools workshop to build instruments for atmospheric research aircraft 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hannah Price from FAAM supported a schools workshop in Greenwich (part of NERC Climate Explorers) and delivered a hands on activity in which children built instruments for their own atmospheric research aircraft. Hannah provided information about the FAAM research aircraft and answered questions about where it flies, what it measures etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description South-East Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited speaker for a meeting of the South-East Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society. I gave a talk titled "A new mobile radar to help improve forecasts of flash flooding", with a focus on the COnvective Precipitation Experiment (COPE). It was an open meeting where the audience consisted of both academics and members of the public.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Talk to School Children - David Hooper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact David Hooper gave a presentation on "Winds, Waves, and Turbulence" i.e. on atmospheric convection and waves at RAL Space Visitor Centre for approximately 10 school pupils of mixed ages
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Vaughan, Geraint - Lectures/talks/debates 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited public lecture on high-impact weather and climate change, delivered at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Meifod.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015