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In this latest episode of the Barometer, Sam talks to Dr Matt Rigby from the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol about the role that models will have to play in the GAUGE project.

As well as talking about a modeller’s wish list, Matt and Sam also talk about the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) network, and what exactly it is that modellers do whilst the instrument scientists are out getting the data.

 

To avoid confusion, this is not the kind of model that we are talking about. 

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In this episode of the Barometer, Sam catches up with Dr Hartmut Bösch, from the Earth Observation Science Group at the University of Leicester to discuss how satellites will be used during the GAUGE project.

Hartmut and Sam chat about the two main satellite instruments that will be used during GAUGE: the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) on board the MetOp-A satellite, and the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT), and also just generally extoll the beauty of remote sensing from space. 


The MetOp-A satellite; ain't she a beauty.
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In this episode of the Barometer, Jen catches up with Dr Grant Allen, from the Centre of Atmospheric Science at the University of Manchester,to discuss the airborne aspects of the GAUGE campaign.

As well as talking about how aircraft measurements from the UK's Atmospheric Research Aircraft will be used to help constrain emission estimates across the whole of the UK, Grant also talks about a potential dedicated flight campaign that encompasses the Northern conurbations of Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester AKA the Robbie Fowler Triangle. 

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In this episode of the Barometer, Jen catches up with Drs Eiko Nemitz and Carole Helfter from the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology near Edinburgh, to discuss the rather novel use of a ferry for helping to quantify UK emissions during the GAUGE project.

As well as chatting about the relative merits of such maritime operations, Eiko and Carole also discuss some of the measurements that they are involved in on the land, including from the rather impressive BT tower.

Sadly the QE2 was unavailable for research purposes...

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In this episode of the Barometer, Jen catches up with Professor Simon O'Doherty from the University of Bristol, to discuss the ground-based aspect of the GAUGE project.

Amongst other things, Simon and Jen discuss the importanceof how measurement sites such as those from the UK Deriving Emissions linked to Climate Change (DECC) Network will help to quantify the UK emissions during the GAUGE project. Simon also talks about the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) network, specifically the Mace Head site in Ireland for which he is the principal scientist. 

The Mace Head site is located in an isolated coastal area of county Galway, with a strong marine influence and few local emission sources.

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Over the next few weeks Sam I and Jen talk to some of the people behind the Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE) project, a NERC-funded mission which aims to quantify the UK greenhouse gas budget in order to underpin the development of effective emission reduction policies.


In this episode Sam I chats to Professor Paul Palmer from Edinburgh University, about the GAUGE project as a whole. Paul is the Principal Investigator (PI) for GAUGE and gives a fascinating overview of the project, what it entails, and how the outcomes will help to shape future climate policy. 


More information about GAUGE, and the larger Greenhouse Gases UK project that it folds into can be found here.

Emissions from power plants are just part of the UK greenhouse gas budget that GAUGE aims to quantify. 
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