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Commercial partnerships

The National Centre for Atmospheric Science offers a unique opportunity for commercial partners to access world-leading atmospheric science.

Our work brings together expertise from across scientific disciplines and sectors, spanning all scales from quantifying chemical reactions in laboratories to global pollution, from detecting the smallest cloud droplets to weather systems, and from local weather impacts to modelling climate change.

We also manage four services that support the collection and use of scientific data for a range of applications: the FAAM Airborne Laboratory, the Atmospheric Measurement & Observation Facility, the Centre for Environment Data Analysis and the Computational Modelling Services.

We acknowledge that partnerships are beneficial to delivering effective solutions to many environmental and societal challenges. Our Research and Innovation Strategy outlines our broad ambitions and near-term goals for applying our expertise, and the ways in which we would like to work closely with others. 

Industry experience

Our experience spans across several key sectors. Examples include our oil and gas, and weather forecasting partnership projects.

Our ability to track storms and estimate extreme wave heights helps the oil and gas industry to design and manage risks to manned offshore oil and gas platforms. By reducing the uncertainty of extreme storms, winds and waves our research supports mitigation measures that keep personnel safe, ensure installations are weather-resilient, and guarantee ongoing oil and gas extraction.

The BBC works with us to regularly monitor the accuracy of MeteoGroup weather forecasts. We evaluate the accuracy of national forecasts by using weather data collected from observing stations around the UK, helping the BBC to ensure the best quality weather forecasts for the UK public.