NCAS Research Centre at Leeds

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The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world leader in atmospheric science, a multi-million pound research centre, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NCAS carries out research in climate science, atmospheric composition and air quality, physics of the atmosphere (including hazardous and extreme weather) and provides the UK community with state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere, including a world-leading research aircraft. 

NCAS is distributed across UK universities with a headquarters in Leeds. The NCAS research centre at Leeds is involved in all of the NCAS research programmes:

  • Atmospheric composition, including air quality
  • Climate, including modelling and predictions
  • Atmospheric physics, including hazardous weather
  • Technology, including innovations and atmospheric observations.

By its very nature, atmospheric science research is multidisciplinary, and NCAS works to bring together scientists from a range of core disciplines such as physics, chemistry and mathematics and using state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere.

National leadership

The NCAS research centre at Leeds supports the wider research community through our commitment to address nationally and internationally important areas of research such as: 

FGAM is an integral part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) consisting of a distributed set of ground-based and specialised airborne (FAAM) instruments in the UK that are designed to make measurements of small-scale and meso-scale physical and chemical features in the atmosphere. FGAM is closely linked to NCAS weather, NCAS composition and to the Met Office. It makes Field observations, Airborne observations, runs and/or works with Atmospheric Observatories and performs Laboratory and Calibration studies

National capability

NCAS provides scientific facilities for researchers across the UK to enable excellent atmospheric science on a national scale. These include a world-leading research aircraft, a ground-based instrumentation pool, access to computer models and facilities for storing and accessing data. We provide the UK academic community and the Natural Environment Research Council with national capability in atmospheric science. 

Our facilities provide capacity for airborne observations, field observations, collaborations with atmospheric observatories, and calibration studies. Our ground-based Atmospheric Measurement Facility and our Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements work closely in support of our research programmes and with partners including the UK Met Office and ICAS at the University of Leeds.

NCAS at Leeds

The NCAS research centre at Leeds supports the wider research community through our commitment to address nationally and internationally important areas of research such as:

  • Global and regional aerosol modelling
  • Global climate and earth system modelling
  • Atmospheric dynamics and cloud processes
  • Global chemistry transport modelling
  • Atmospheric chemistry observations and laboratory experiments
  • Weather forecast modelling
  • Instrument calibration, development and deployment

Training

Reach for the Skies: NCAS Training Programme