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Air Pollution

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    Air Pollution

    Air Pollution in Urban Areas

    Urban areas are one of the biggest challenges in understanding air pollution. They are densely populated, and contain many different pollution sources.

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    Air Pollution

    Air Pollution, Climate and Weather

    Air pollution is closely linked to climate and weather. It is important that our air pollution measurements and forecasts take these types of events int…

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    Air Pollution

    Health Effects

    The health effects of air pollution include asthma, strokes and cancers. We support studies looking at the health effects of air pollution.

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Climate & High Impact Weather

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    Climate and High-impact Weather

    Large-scale Modes of Variability

    Large-scale modes of variability can be described as common patterns in our climate. They are often the reason behind extreme weather events, like storms.

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    Climate and High-impact Weather

    Cyclonic Storms

    Cyclonic storms can produce extreme winds, heavy rainfall and coastal flooding. They are one of the most destructive weather systems on earth.

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    Climate and High-impact Weather

    Cold Spells, Heatwaves and Droughts

    Cold spells, heatwaves, and droughts are examples of long lasting high-impact weather events. These types of persistent weather events have a huge socia…

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Long-term Global Change

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    Long-term Global Change

    Climate Projections

    Climate projections help us to understand how the earth’s climate will change in the future.

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    Clouds and Aerosols

    Aerosols are tiny particles that are suspended in the atmosphere. They can be solid or liquid, and they have a big impact on the world’s climate.

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    Long-term Global Change

    Changes in Atmospheric Composition

    Our atmosphere is made up of many different gases. The most common gases are nitrogen, oxygen and argon. But, the exact amount of each gas is always cha…

Long-term Collaborative Programmes

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    Long-term Collaborations


    Atmospheric Hazard in Developing Countries: Risk Assessment and Early Warning (ACREW) is helping to build resilience to hazards in developing countries.

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    Long-term Collaborations


    The UK Earth System Model is a science programme to develop, apply and analyse the next generation of UK Earth system models.

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    Long-term Collaborations


    The North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study will improve our capability to detect, explain and predict changes in the North Atlantic climate system.

Our Publications

Discover our latest science papers, research reports and datasets.

Our Services

Atmospheric science relies on huge observational and data facilities that only a national centre can provide. We provide four key services to the scientific community.