Latest news from the Department of Meteorology

Polluted cooling

April 21st, 2014 : 09:26 AM

By Nicolas Bellouin Air quality made recent headlines when a thick layer of pollution spread over southern England in early April. Reports stressed the hazards posed by pollution particles to our health, but pollution has another, more unexpected impact: it contributes to climate change, primarily by opposing the warming due to greenhouse gases. The atmosphere […]

Tosca’s kiss – the effects of energetic particles on the atmosphere

April 14th, 2014 : 01:00 AM

By Giles Harrison, Professor of Atmospheric Physics The Sun is usually thought of as a fundamental source of visible radiation, but it also provides both a source of, and controlling influence on energetic particles which arrive in the earth’s atmosphere. These enter the atmosphere all the time in the form of galactic cosmic rays, together […]

Successful launch of Sentinel 1

April 7th, 2014 : 09:38 AM

Sentinel 1 got off the ground successfully last Thursday, writes Dr Debbie Clifford (see http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/weather-and-climate-at-reading/2014/sentinel-a-new-chapter-in-climate-observation/). Launch was at 21.02 GMT from Korou, French Guiana: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2014/04/Sentinel-1A_liftoff The satellite then successfully performed ‘a carefully choreographed 10-hour dance routine to open its large radar antenna and solar wings.’ During the launch, the 12 m-long radar and two 10 m-long […]


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