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

With an annual budget of £9M we carry out research programmes on:

    • The science of climate change, including modelling and predictions
    • Atmospheric composition, including air quality
    • Weather, including hazardous weather
    • Technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere

Additionally, we provide scientific facilities for researchers right 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. In a nutshell, we provide the UK academic community and the Natural Environment Research Council with national capability in atmospheric science.

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 NCAS provides NERC with national capability in atmospheric science research.
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is one of the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) research centres. The Centre 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.

 state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere
It 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.

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.

NCAS Organisational Structure

Operational Management

NCAS Director: Professor Stephen Mobbs

Deputy Director: Professor Ally Lewis

Chief Scientist: Professor John Pyle

NCAS Manager and Head of Impact: Dr Adrian Kybett

Science Programmes

Director of Climate Science: Professor Rowan Sutton

Director of Composition: Professor Ally Lewis

Director of Atmospheric Physics: Professor Alan Blyth

Services and Facilities

Director of Models and Data: Professor Bryan Lawrence

Director of Observational Facilities: Professor Geraint Vaughan

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 CFARR: Dr Chris Walden

Head of MSTRF: Dr David Hooper

Head of EISCAT UK Support: Dr Ian McCrea


Read more about the History of NCAS

Delivering the NCAS Strategy

Our science strategy will be delivered through four related research programmes: Climate Prediction, WeatherAir Quality and Technology Development. These programmes will draw upon the services provided by NCAS facilities in support of NERC national capability in atmospheric science. Each of the challenges will be addressed by multi-disciplinary teams within NCAS and will draw in collaborators both nationally and internationally, from a range of science disciplines.

Indeed, atmospheric science is increasingly multi-disciplinary and fits into the larger picture of environmental science. We are under no illusions concerning the scale of the environmental challenges facing us and our international role in addressing these challenges. We believe that in NCAS, and in the wider NERC community which we serve, there exists a concentration of expertise which can make a significant impact on an international stage. This impact will be enhanced and made more effective by the strategic partnerships which we already have or will develop as we implement this strategy.

Whilst it is organisationally and scientifically productive to structure our research around these four programmes, our research is increasingly multi-disciplinary. Each programme draws on wide spectrum of NCAS expertise in core disciplines such as maths, physics, chemistry, computer science and engineering. Significant aspects of our programmes can only be delivered through strong collaborations with other disciplines.

As scientific understanding advances and the environmental problems facing society change, so this strategy will evolve; it is intended to be a dynamic and living document. A crucial part of NCAS science delivery will be the continual flow of new ideas arising from our staff and collaborators and pursued via blue skies funding from NERC and elsewhere. A sign of success of our strategic research will be the spawning of new blue skies initiatives and the feedback into new capabilities and services, adopted by NERC as national capability or by NCAS stakeholders in their service provision.

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NCAS currently has over 130 members of staff working across the UK dedicated to research programmes in climate change science, atmospheric composition, weather and state-of-the-art technologies for observing and modelling the atmosphere.

NCAS is a distributed centre. Being "distributed" means that the 130 NCAS staff are not based in one building. Instead they work in, and are employed by, 19 different organisations across the UK. These include 15 universities, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the European centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts and NERC itself.

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NCAS Headquarters

Fairbairn House
71-75 Clarendon Road


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This Notice tells you how the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) will collect and use your personal data when you access this website. NCAS is a “controller” of this personal data for the purposes of the data protection legislation. Note that additional information will be provided where you are requested to enter personal information. It is important that you read this Notice together with any other privacy notice we provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This Notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.

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Where we request personal data from you on our website you will be informed at that time of the purpose for which the data will be processed and how it will be processed, its legal basis for processing as well as any transfers to third parties.

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When you access our web pages certain information your browser provides, including your IP address at the time, browser type, and potentially the address of the page you last visited, will be automatically recorded by NCAS. This data may be used to aid detection in the event of a security breach. The legal basis for this processing is necessity to pursue our legitimate interests to keep our website secure. NCAS retains this data in a form from which you may be identifiable for a period of up to one month.

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NCAS Vision
To be a world-leading centre for atmospheric science research.

NCAS Mission
The mission of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science is to pursue and support internationally leading research and to advance the application of atmospheric science for the benefit of society.
NCAS will:
•    undertake and lead strategic and directed research;
•    provide facilities and training to support atmospheric and wider environmental science;
•    apply expertise and exploit facilities to support business and government;
•    provide NERC with national capability, advice and leadership in atmospheric science.


NCAS, via its Centres, Institutes and Affiliated Universities, organises and contributes to a wide range of meetings and events concerned with atmospheric science, throughout the UK.

By holding regular meetings and events, NCAS engages on a regular basis with its key stakeholders: the academic community; operational agencies, namely the Met Office and the Environment Agency; and various Government departments; the Research Councils; the general public; the media; and commercial organisations.

Our scientists are experts in the field of atmospheric science and we specialise in targeted research that answers real-world problems. NCAS works in partnership with many organisations to provide pioneering applications of our research. Our cross cutting research expertise, world leading facilities and dedication to excellence allows our scientists to work within partnerships that apply world class science to real world problems.

Below are a selection of case studies which highlight some of the collaborative work that NCAS is involved in. If you are interested in collaborating with NCAS please contact us by e-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NCAS have working relationships with a range of organisations, the list below gives an idea of some of these collaborations, partnerships and project partners.

 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA  Met Office (UK)
 Hydro-Logic Ltd  National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), USA
 Icelandic Meteorological Service  NOAA Chemical Services Division, USA
 Halcrow Ltd  Civil Aviation Authority
 University of Malaysia  Rolls Royce
 Willis  Raytheon
 University of Massachusetts  Members of the Natural Hazard Partnership