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Centre for Atmospheric Science


There's a wide array of research being undertaken in the CAS.

The Atmospheric Chemistry group from the Department of Chemistry has a very active research program into all aspects of atmospheric chemistry. There are modelling studies of stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry, using 1D, 2D and 3D models. The group also builds its own instruments for observations of chemical constituents in the atmosphere. There is also research being carried out into the kinetics of reactions important for atmospheric chemistry.

In the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, scientists are engaged in studying fundamental dynamical processes; for example mixing processes in atmosphere and the development of new gravity wave parametrizations for atmospheric models.

In the Department of Geography, research is being carried out into small scale processes such as mixing within plumes and application to volcanic eruptions.

For more detailed information about the individual areas of research, please navigate to the relevant page using the menu or the links below.


Read more at: Instrumental Measurements & Development

Instrumental Measurements & Development

Several members of the CAS are involved in developing instruments for measuring atmospheric composition. This page provides an overview of the research currently undertaken in this field. 

Read more at: Numerical Modelling

Numerical Modelling

Many areas of research in the CAS involve the use of models to investigate complex atmospheric processes. Prof. John Pyle, for example, uses computer models to study the role of chemical species in our atmosphere whereas Dr Michael Herzog models convective clouds and plumes and develops atmospheric models from local to global scales.

Read more at: Laboratory Studies

Laboratory Studies

Numerous laboratory studies are undertaken in the CAS. Led by Dr Markus Kalberer, these studies include the chemistry of atmospheric aerosols and their effects on human health, the analysis of organic aerosol composition, and interactions of aerosol particles with the lung. 

Read more at: Climate Change Policy Group

Climate Change Policy Group

The CCPG is a relatively young research group investigating climate change policy. They work closely with international collaborators on projects such as PARIS REINFORCE, and conduct research into potential factors hindering our ability to reach net zero and combat climate change. 

Read more at: Publication Highlights

Publication Highlights

A multi-model analysis of long-term emissions and warming implications of current mitigation efforts

Researchers from PARIS REINFORCE (PR), including the CCPG's very own Dr. Annela Anger-Kraavi, have just published a new analysis in Nature Climate Change.

Centre Highlights

• Nov 17th 2021: Dr Anger-Kraavi has co-authored a paper with Paris Reinforce. Read the open access version here

• Nov 3rd 2021: Watch Dr Anger-Kraavi at the COP26 side event: Accelerating Implementation of the Paris Agreement - Ambition and Just Transitions via YouTube.

• Oct 18th 2021: Watch Dr Anger-Kraavi on Cambridge Talks: Can leaders turn Paris ambition into Glasgow action at COP26? via YouTube.

• Oct 11th 2021: Listen to the CCPG's Dr Anger-Kraavi speak about the upcoming COP26 on Tyndall Talks via Spotify.

• April 24th 2021: Listen to Dr Anger-Kraavi speak about the cost of climate reform on the BBC's The Real Story via their website

• May 14th 2020: Watch Dr Chiara Giorio speak about climate, ice cores and atmospheric particles on YouTube

Want to know more about our high-profile publications? Check out our Publication Highlights!