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The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world leader in atmospheric science.

We carry out research programmes on:

  1. The science of climate change, including modelling and predictions
  2. Atmospheric composition, including air quality
  3. Weather, including hazardous weather
  4. Technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere

NCAS increases knowledge of key environmental issues including: climate change, weather processes and atmospheric composition including air quality.  By its very nature, atmospheric science research is multi-disciplinary, bringing together scientists from a range of core disciplines such as physics, chemistry and mathematics. NCAS has a structure based on science directorates and technology divisions emphasising science applications, which naturally work across NCAS as a whole encouraging multi-disciplinary research and co-operation.

NCAS uses state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere and its research is used by policy makers and the wider UK science base. Additionally, we provide scientific facilities for researchers to enable excellent atmospheric science. These include a world-leading research aircraft, a ground-based instrumentation pool, access to computer models and facilities for storing and accessing data. NCAS communicates its findings and knowledge for the benefit of policy-makers, industry, other scientists and the general public.

NCAS is not based in one location. It is made up three science directorates (climate; atmospheric physics; atmospheric composition) and four services and facilities distributed across many UK universities and related institutions.


Collaborative Programmes
NCAS is active in the following ECRA Collaborative Programmes:

  • Arctic Climate Stability and Change
  • High impact events and climate change
  • Changes in the hydrological cycle


NCAS is composed of three directorates, carry out research programmes in

  1. Climate, including climate variability and change
  2. Weather and atmospheric processes
  3. Atmospheric composition and air quality


Infrastructure (selection)

  • Atmospheric and atmospheric composition measurements
  • Radar facilities (EISCAT, MST, CFARR)
  • JASMIN datacentre
  • Climate and weather modelling
  • FAAM BAE-146 research aircraft


Len Shaffrey
National Centre for Atmospheric Science
University of Reading
United Kingdom
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