Researchers making life-saving weather forecasts across Africa
Weather forecasters in Africa are getting access to satellite data that will allow them to track the path and severity of developing storms – and reduce the death toll from extreme weather events.
An initiative called African SWIFT has enabled meteorologists to make accurate, hour-by-hour forecasts as severe weather approaches, a technique known as 'nowcasting' – very-short-range weather forecasting.
Join an online community of practice for public engagement and atmospheric science
The National Centre for Atmospheric Science has started an online Community of Practice to support public engagement with atmospheric science in the UK.
A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a passion or concern for something they do, and want to learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
Many members of the atmospheric science research community already participate in public engagement, and we know that some people have used it as a way to generate research impact.
Crucial dataset launched to help scientists monitor climate change
One of the most widely used climate datasets has released its biggest update since 2013.
Since the initial launch back in 2000, the Climatic Research Unit gridded Time Series (CRU TS) dataset has been used in thousands of studies worldwide to support research about our changing climate.
Weather forecasters turn to Welsh radar to ease unexpected coronavirus impact
A radar in Wales is helping weather forecasters deal with an unexpected impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Weather forecasters rely on daily observations from commercial aircraft to run their computer models. Now, they’re facing a shortage of data as coronavirus grounds up to 75% of flights by major airlines.
The dramatic reduction in the number of flights is expected to have a negative impact on the quality of forecasts. At high profile forecasting centres, such as the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasting, aircraft reports are second only to satellite data in their importance to forecasts.