Feature Scoping Study: A UAV-ready sensor package for rapid deployment during volcanic crisis

Each month we highlight one of our Scoping Studies, each funded through our Collaboration Building Workshops. This month we welcome a blog post from Dr Dan Peters and the team using RAL Space's expertise in sensor development to expand our knowledge of air quality in volcanic plumes. Volcanic hazards are varied in nature, and among … Continue reading Feature Scoping Study: A UAV-ready sensor package for rapid deployment during volcanic crisis

Running a Funding Sandpit in a Digital Environment: A Case Study

Our next Collaboration Building Workshop takes place this month, and we've been reflecting on what we learned from the first workshop, which took place last November. Online events are likely to be more prevalent, even once lockdown restrictions are gone, so we have published a case study of our workshop. The paper outlines some of … Continue reading Running a Funding Sandpit in a Digital Environment: A Case Study

Feature Scoping Study: On Track of NH3

Cross-validation of satellite and ground-level measurements Each month we highlight one of our Scoping Studies, each funded through our Collaboration Building Workshops. This month we welcome a blog post from Dr Anna Font (Imperial College London), who is working with STFC colleagues in RAL Space and the Hartree Centre to improve our understanding of ammonia … Continue reading Feature Scoping Study: On Track of NH3

Funding Opportunity: Applications open for Collaboration Building Workshop 2021

14 - 25 June 2021, online Application deadline: 30 April 2021 Expand your network, collaborate with researchers from different disciplines and take the opportunity to put your research ideas into practice using STFC capabilities. We are delighted to open applications for the next SAQN Collaboration Building Workshop.  Following the success of our first workshop, this … Continue reading Funding Opportunity: Applications open for Collaboration Building Workshop 2021

Featured Scoping Study: AIREFUNITS

Our guest blog this month details the AIREFUNITS project, a collaboration between Coventry University, University of Cambridge and STFC's RAL Space. Attention is increasingly being paid globally to the air quality state in regions where continuous air quality monitoring devices hardly exist. This lack of infrastructure is mainly because the resources to acquire such monitoring … Continue reading Featured Scoping Study: AIREFUNITS

Featured Scoping Study: Emulating the Chemical mechanism through Machine Learning to speed up the real time Air Quality Prediction (ECheMLAQ)

This month we welcome a guest blog from a team using STFC expertise in Machine Learning to improve Air Quality Forecasting Systems. The scoping study is led by Dr Pushp Raj Tiwari. Air Quality Forecasting Systems (AQFS) have an integrated chemistry module and simulations through them are computationally very expensive. Here we demonstrate the concept … Continue reading Featured Scoping Study: Emulating the Chemical mechanism through Machine Learning to speed up the real time Air Quality Prediction (ECheMLAQ)

Lockdown measures in Spring 2020 only account for half the observed improvements in UK air quality

Guest blogger Eloise Marais shares insights from a recently published paper, examining the causes of air quality change during the first UK lockdown. There was widespread reporting of the air quality improvements in Spring 2020 in comparison to the previous year during the lockdown imposed from 23 March 2020 in the UK. Researchers at Universities … Continue reading Lockdown measures in Spring 2020 only account for half the observed improvements in UK air quality

Guest blog: Modular Relaxed Eddy Covariance sensor for Air Quality – MOREC-AQ

Our featured Scoping Study this month is from the team led by Dr Lekan Popoola, examining the relationship between ammonia (NH3) and particulate matter (PM). The Clean Air Strategy (Defra, 2019) sets out an ambitious, stringent target to cut emission of major air pollutants by 2020 and 2030. A significant air pollution challenge is the … Continue reading Guest blog: Modular Relaxed Eddy Covariance sensor for Air Quality – MOREC-AQ

Guest Blog – Sources, behaviour and mitigation strategies influencing indoor air quality: A pilot study

Each month, we welcome a guest blog post from one of our current Scoping Studies, funded through our recent Collaboration Building Workshop. This month we're pleased to hear from a team examining different influences on indoor air quality. The average person in the UK spends more than 90% of their time indoors, and indoor air … Continue reading Guest Blog – Sources, behaviour and mitigation strategies influencing indoor air quality: A pilot study