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Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories

FAAM aircraft

Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements Research Aircraft - FAAM BAe-146 used by the UK atmospheric research community on campaigns throughout the world

London pollution‌‌

Our research is used to develop new understandings of the emissions of NOx from vehicles,
cities and from the natural environment, enabled using advanced measurement technologies

WACL lab

The laboratories house a suite of state of the art instrumentation, designed for measuring the composition of the atmosphere

View from CVAO‌‌

Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO) for long term measurements

The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) were established in 2013; the first of its kind in the UK. Supported by a large award from the Wolfson Foundation and a private donor, the Laboratories enable experimental and theoretical studies relating to the science of indoor, local and global air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change.

WACL operates as a collaborative venture between the University of York and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), co-locating around >60 researchers from seven academic groups and NCAS. WACL is also home to independent research fellows, engineering and software experts, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and final year undergraduate research projects.

The labs support research in all the main branches of modern atmospheric chemistry including:

  • Laboratory studies of chemical kinetics, reaction mechanisms and heterogeneous processes
  • Field studies of gases and aerosols spanning urban air pollution through to ocean-atmosphere exchange and global biogeochemical cycles
  • Modelling of atmospheric chemistry at local, regional and global scales over a range of timescales, past, present and future.
  • Development of new atmospheric measurement techniques, including chromatography, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy and sensors
  • Quantifying emissions from key sources including road transport, energy and domestic sectors
  • Scientific assessment of technical and policy interventions designed to improve air quality

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