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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 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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In this episode, The Barometer spent a day with historians and social scientists at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine which took place in Manchester from 21-28 July 2013.

We listened to talks and interviewed speakers from the Symposium named "Gaining it / losing it/ regaining it(?) Knowledge production in climate science, status anxiety, and authority across disciplines". The full programme of the symposium and abstracts of all the speakers and talks that are mentioned in the episode are online here.

Listen to this "Alternative History of Science" episode to find out how looking back to the past can put the science of the present into a different context, and thus give surprising new insights.


This episode includes interviews with:

* Philipp Lehman, The desiccation of the world: debates on climate change and geo-engineering in colonial desert environments in the session: "Climates of conquest? Anxieties about climate variability and change in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia"

* Christina Barboza, The scientific controversy over the Brazilian great drought of 1877-1880: science under scrutiny in the session: "Narratives on climate and water"

* Simon Carter, Sunlight and health: modifying the sunlit climate in the session "Working atmospheres: histories of climate, technology and economics"


We also interviewed speakers from the final session ("Climate change discourse and the case of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)" ) which we will report on in a separate episode.


Many thanks to Alex Hall and Vladimir Jankovic from the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine who enabled us to attend the Congress.


All sounds and music from freesound.org.

Presenting: Samuel Illingworth

Chat: Dominique Young, Gary Lloyd, Jennifer Muller & Kimberley Leather

Production: Jennifer Muller



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Welcome to the first of our audio diaries from the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco. Today Jennifer and Will are reporting on a session discussing how the science and policy relating to the ozone hole developed and the parallels with efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on what caused the hole in the ozone layer, check out our previous episode here.

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That's right, its all in that thin blue line.

Hold on, wait, what's is connected to again? And what is a "troposphere" while we are at it. How far away is space, also, what is space...This time we have a look at the structure of our atmosphere.

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