EOL Seminar: NCAS - AMF: An introduction to what it is and what it does

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 14:15
FL2-1022 Main Auditorium
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NCAS - AMF: An introduction to what it is and what it does. 

Dr. Barbara J. Brooks

Head, Atmospheric Measurement Facility - University of Leeds

National Centre for Atmospheric Science School of Earth and Environment

The UK's National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) operates a number of facilities on behalf of NERC including FAAM (Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements) and AMF (Atmospheric Measurement Facility). Established in 2014 the purpose of the NCAS AMF is threefold: (i) to deploy instrumentation and provide a quality-controlled data product for field measurements; (ii) to provide underpinning laboratory facilities for calibration and experimentation; and (iii) to provide access to NCAS field sites for guest instrumentation. 

The major part of AMF activity lies in the first category, supporting field campaigns in atmospheric science. AMF deploys state-of-the-art instrumentation such as radars, lidars and mass spectrometers, together with ancillary instrumentation and logistics, for both ground-based and airborne projects. It supports experiments in the UK and across the world and its laboratory facilities provide calibration standards in gas-phase chemistry and access to an environmental wind tunnel. AMF also has a commitment to developing data standards that enable measurements to be easily combined and re-used in future. By continuity of staff and a commitment to maintaining up-to-date provision it also ensures that the UK community is able to compete internationally in experimental atmospheric science. AMF offers to the community far more capacity and expertise than could be maintained at an individual University.

Prior to forthcoming discussions regarding the memorandum of understanding between our respective parent organisations, this presentation aims to introduce AMF and provide a spring board for a discussion on possible closer ties and areas of collaboration.

Seminar will be webcast at:  http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/fl-live.htm

Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 3:30 PM

Refreshments 3:15 PM

NCAR-Foothills Laboratory

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