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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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Will and Sam are joined by Dave Topping, who is also from the University of Manchester to discuss the day's events at the AGU Fall Meeting. We discuss a session on science communication, a subject close to all our hearts, how aerosols are affected by their viscosity and some work investigating greenhouse gas emissions from London.

View of the River Thames from the FAAM research aircraft. Photo by Will Morgan.

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Will and Sam are in high spirits to discuss Day 3, possibly because they finally got to hear James Hansen speak, potentially because they were feeling slightly sleep-deprived after 10 hours straight, and almost certainly because beer had once more been involved.

The reaction to the James Hansen talk is discussed in full, whilst Will also further cements his love of Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOAs),and Sam reveals how he has still to deal with his lack of comfort around geologists.

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Will and Sam I meet up to discuss Day 2 of AGU, and begin by airing their disappointment at the cancellation of the ‘Frontiers of Geophysics’ lecture by ex-NASA Goddard chief James Hansen (thankfully this has now been rearranged for tomorrow). The dissatisfaction continues following a less-than-impressive defence, in one of the morning’s sessions, of a controversial recent study on the economic cost of a large release of Arctic methane.

Thankfully there are more positive things to be said about the Union Meeting, which this year focused on the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. In this episode Will also gives a rather nifty description of the difference between organic and inorganic aerosols, and there is a debate about the judgement of using the ‘smoking causes lung-cancer’ argument as a parallel for the ‘humans cause climate-change’ dispute.

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As the September flying campaign draws to an end, Sam I and Jen reflect on what has been a rather successful project to date, and also talk about the next steps for MAMM.

They also discuss the delights of the salad bar at Kiruna airport, and Sam demonstrates his trilingual ‘abilities’. 

Make sure to keep checking out the MAMM blog:

for more scientific results and details over the coming months!

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