Category Archives: Space

Forecasting eclipse weather

By Peter Clark                                    Department of Meteorology homepage Our weather is driven by energy radiating from the sun. The annual cycle of the earth’s … Continue reading

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Reconstructing space climate

By Matt Owens The approximately 11-year cycle in the number of sunspots visible on the Sun was first identified more than 150 years ago, by Samuel Schwabe, and has been well-observed ever since. In fact, with the power of hindsight, … Continue reading

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The wider legacy of Sir Robert Watson-Watt

By Chris Scott While lecturing in Dundee recently, I took the opportunity of visiting Pitlochry to pay my respects (Figure 1) to Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the inventor of RADAR recently profiled in the BBC drama ‘Castles in the Sky’. While … Continue reading

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Surface Temperature of Earth – making connections

By Chris Merchant “Surface temperature” might seem to be a straightforward concept at first, but look more carefully, and things soon become rather complex. The temperatures quoted in the weather forecast are intended to represent the air temperature a metre … Continue reading

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

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. … Continue reading

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Successful launch of Sentinel 1

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 … Continue reading

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Sentinel – a new chapter in climate observation

Earth Observation (EO) satellites take millions of observations every day, supplying a global snapshot that is vital for weather forecasting. This week, the EO community is eagerly anticipating the launch of a new satellite, and the potential for a new … Continue reading

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Are we heading for another ‘Maunder minimum’?

Recent research from Mike Lockwood and team has evaluated the current decline in solar activity (which began in 1985) by comparing with past behaviour of the Sun deduced from cosmogenic isotopes found in ice sheets and tree trunks. The current … Continue reading

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University intern programme for the space industry

The University of Reading has launched an innovative internship programme giving students a unique insight into the space industry. The University’s Space@Reading unit is running the scheme on behalf of the space industry and has placed undergraduates from 22 universities … Continue reading

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28 new research appointments in climate & environment

A new cohort of climate and environment experts have joined the University of Reading as part of a £50 million investment programme to further knowledge in research areas of critical global importance. The 28 appointments, recruited over the last 12 … Continue reading

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