Atmospheric and Polar Science (NCAS)

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

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.

We communicate our findings and knowledge for the benefit of policy-makers, other scientists and the general public.

Contact NCAS Computational Modelling Services
Consortium Head Dr Grenville Lister
ARCHER CSE Consortium Contact Dr Andy Turner

Software Development

Below are a list of eCSE projects (ongoing and completed) involving consortium members, or codes which are used by the consortium:

  • eCSE05-12 PI: Dr Paul Connolly Enabling large-scale microphysics and optimising solver performance in MONC (8 months)
  • eCSE05-14 PI: Dr Zheng-Tong Xie Large-Eddy Simulation Code for City Scale Environments (12 months)
  • eCSE09-08 PI: Dr Grenville M. S. Lister Implementation of XIOS in the Atmospheric Component of the Unified Model (19 months)
  • eCSE12-10 PI: Prof David Dritschel FRSE University of St Andrews A fully Lagrangian dynamical core for the Met Office NERC Cloud Model (9 months)