Posted on 11 November 2016
Funded in the UK by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), the CVO delivers crucial information about atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas levels in the northern hemisphere, and contributes to improved predictions of climate change through provision of data to global climate models.
The Observatory is one of 31 global stations within the World Meteorological Organisation's Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) programme, established by the United Nations to monitor trends in the Earth's atmosphere, and one of the few centres in the tropics.
Notable discoveries from the CVO over the past decade include:
Professor Lucy Carpenter, who leads the CVO team at York, said: “The Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory has gained a reputation as a high quality international facility, providing vital data to the UK and global atmospheric communities. It provides a powerful tool for characterising transport and transformations of greenhouse and reactive gases, aerosols and dust from the US, Europe, and Africa to the tropical Atlantic.
Professor Ally Lewis, Director of Atmospheric Composition at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and a lead CVO scientist, said “Measurements at the observatory have led to around 40 scientific publications to date, and many significant discoveries which have made large impacts on our understanding of the global atmosphere.”
Scientists from York visited the CVO between 26th – 28th October to conduct a series of workshops to mark the anniversary, reflect on the data and discuss a vision for the next decade.