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The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world leading research centre dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

With an annual budget of £15M NCAS carries out research in air pollution, climate and high-impact weather, and long-term global changes in atmospheric composition and climate, and provides the UK community with state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere. These include a research aircraft, advanced ground-based observational facilities, computer modelling and support, and facilities for storing and analysing data. We play a significant and influential role in many international science programmes and provide the UK with advice, leadership and national capability in atmospheric science.

NCAS is organised around three science themes and five underpinning services and facilities, with over 200 members of staff embedded in 12 UK universities and research institutes including: University of York, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Cambridge, University of Reading, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, University of Birmingham, University of East Anglia, University of Oxford, University of Hertfordshire, University of Surrey and Cranfield University. 

NCAS Organisational Structure

Management Board

NCAS Executive Director: Professor Stephen Mobbs (based at University of Leeds)

Director of Science (Chemistry): Professor Ally Lewis (based at University of York)

Director of Science (Physics): Professor Geraint Vaughan (based at University of Manchester)

Director of Science (Climate): Professor Rowan Sutton (based at University of Reading)

Director of Science and Staff: Professor Lesley Gray (based at University of Oxford)


Science Themes

Air Pollution Theme Leader: Dr Sarah Moller (based at University of York)

Climate and High-Impact Weather Leader: Professor Len Shaffrey (based at University of Reading)

Long-Term Global Change Leader: Dr Till Kuhlbrodt (based at University of Reading)


Services and Facilities

Head of the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis: Dr Victoria Bennett

Head of Computer Modelling Services: Dr Grenville Lister

Head of the Atmospheric Measurement Facility: Dr Barbara Brooks

Head of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements: Mr Alan Woolley

Head of NFARR: Dr Chris Walden (Head of CFARR) & Dr David Hooper (Head of MSTRF)


Models and Data: Professor Bryan Lawrence

Observational Facilities: Professor Geraint Vaughan


Head of EISCAT UK Support: Dr Ian McCrea

Read more about the History of NCAS