Apr 10th, 2014 by thebarometer
After an episode of poor air quality last week, Sam is joined by Will Morgan and Eoghan Darbyshire to chat about all things air pollution.
The conditions required for such UK air pollution events, the sources and the health impacts are all discussed. Was all the media hype justified? How often do these events occur? What's the outlook over the next few weeks? Find out by listening to this episode of the Barometer!
UK Air pollution Forecast on Wednesday 2nd April. Source: Defra
Mar 31st, 2014 by thebarometer
Jennifer Muller chats to Will Morgan and Michelle Cain (@civiltalker), from the University of Cambridge, after the Royal Meteorological Society's Atmospheric Chemistry Special Interest Group meeting on "When the sun goes down: Atmospheric chemistry at night".
They discuss why atmospheric scientists are interested in what goes on at night, how that differs with the day and what their personal highlights were from the day/night.
There is also some bonus discussion on geoengineering, where we find out that diamonds are a geoengineer's best friend.
Night turns to day during a flight on the BAe-146 research aircraft during the RONOCO campaign discussed in the podcast. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Muller.
Feb 14th, 2014 by thebarometer
On a stormy Valentine’s Day, Sam is joined by Professor David Schultz and Tim Slater from the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Manchester, to discuss the recent bad weather that we have been having.
Dave and Tim reflect on what has been a rather tumultuous week, which unfortunately looks set to continue. So wrap up warm, and hold your loved one’s tight, it’s going to be a wet and windy Valentine’s night!
Is it raining in your heart?
Feb 13th, 2014 by thebarometer
Following on from the GAUGE series of podcasts, we thought it would be interesting to find out what occurs once the science has been handed over to the policy makers, and John gives us a fascinating insight into what happens once the data has been collected and the analysis is complete.
A bureaucrat at work.
Feb 3rd, 2014 by thebarometer
In the first of a series of podcasts, Gary Llyod reports on
the INUPIAQ (Ice NUcleation Process
Investigation And Quantification) Project, which is based in the Swiss Alps, at
the Jungfraujoch (3571m), Shilthorn (2970m) and Kleine Scheidegg (2061m) sites.
Over the next few weeks, these episodes will give an insight into both the
instruments and the scientists that are relied upon to provide us with accurate
measurements of aerosol particles, cloud droplets and ice crystals that are
invisible to the naked eye.
In this episode Gary talks to Dr Keith Bower from the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Manchester about his role in the INUPIAQ campaign, James Bond, and the importance of upwind and downwind measurements.
George Lazenby clearly isn't impressed by Gary's carrier bag.
Jan 30th, 2014 by thebarometer
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.
Jan 27th, 2014 by thebarometer
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.
Jan 23rd, 2014 by thebarometer
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 air borne 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
Dr Grant Allen and his marvellous flying machine!
Jan 21st, 2014 by thebarometer
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...
Jan 15th, 2014 by thebarometer
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 importance
of 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.