Apr 29th, 2014 by thebarometer
Sam and Will meet up to discuss events at day 2 of the EGU General Assembly; of particular interest was the session on “The Role of Geoscientists in Public Policy”, where a panel including representatives from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) discussed the role of geosciences and public policy.
Also discussed is the potential creation of a new geological era: the Anthropocene. Has mankind been responsible for creating this, and where is it most evident?
Apr 28th, 2014 by thebarometer
Sam and Will report back on day one of the Euro Geosciences Union 2014, the largest geosciences conference in Europe. As well as talking about some of the enjoyable sessions that have already taken place (unsurprisingly Will attended some talks on secondary organic aerosols), they catch up with Mathew Reeve and Will Ball from ClimateSnack.
ClimateSnack is an international and inter-disciplinary community where early career scientists interact in order to improve their writing and communication skills. For those of you lucky enough to be at this year’s EGU then come along to the town hall meeting on this Thursday (1st may) evening from 19:00 – 20:00 in Room R13 to hear all about how to better understand your audience.
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!
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.
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.
Feb 3rd, 2014 by thebarometer
Gary Llyod reports on the INUPIAQ (Ice NUcleation ProcessInvestigation And Quantification) Project, which is based in the Swiss Alps, at the Jungfraujoch (3571m), Shilthorn (2970m) and Kleine Scheidegg (2061m) sites.
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 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.