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Centre for Atmospheric Science contribution to AMF

Introduction to AMF

The ozone lidar and other FGAM equipment from Manchester and various other members of the FGAM consortium deployed in Writtle, Essex during the TORCH project.
The ozone lidar and other FGAM equipment from Manchester and various other members of the FGAM consortium deployed in Writtle, Essex during the TORCH project.
The Atmospheric Measurement Facility AMF is a NERC NCAS facility providing the UK scientific community with state-of-the-art observations of the atmosphere. It aims to provide users with experimental datasets based on high-quality measurements with traceability to standards and comprehensive documentation, and access to well-equipped field sites and laboratory facilities. It supports research at ground-based sites and ship-borne and airborne platforms, both in the UK and internationally. The Facility comprises long-term observational datasets at the Cape Verde and Weybourne Observatories and the BT Tower, instrumented field sites for experimental projects, and state-of-the-art instrumentation for use in field campaigns. It is one of NCAS’s three observational programmes, the other two being the FAAM aircraft and the atmospheric radars at EISCAT, Chilbolton and Capel Dewi.

 

Facilities hosted by the Centre for Atmospheric Science

The University of Manchester Centre for Atmospheric Science hosts in situ and remote sensing instrumentation for the study of clouds, aerosols, radiation and dynamics. This includes several instruments for use on the FAAM BAE146 aircraft. We also host infrastructure to support these instruments such as mobile laboratory facilities etc. There are four AMF instrument scientists at The University of Manchester they are Dr. James Dorsey (cloud microphysics instrumentation), Dr. Paul Williams (aerosol instrumentation), Dr. Emily Norton (remote sensing instrumentation) and Dr. Hugo Ricketts (remote sensing instrumentation). The instrument scientists are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the AMF instruments, and provide support for them during field deployments, as well as analyzing data and contributing to publications. They are also involved with continual development and improvement of the instruments and facilities available, and developing improved methods of data analysis.

The instruments and facilities hosted at the centre are listed here, and publications resulting from projects using AMF equipment can be found here. Almost all our AMF facilities have been used extensively, often on several major projects each year, with some in use almost continuously. A few major projects which have made extensive use of AMF equipment are described in more detail on our project pages. These include ACTIVE, CLACE4, CSIP, RHaMBLe, TROSIAD and DIAMET.