Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)

Our Partnerships

ICAS extends the scale and scope of its research through collaboration with many external organisations.

Met Office Academic Partnership
  • The Met Office Academic Partnership formalises a strong and productive working relationship with the University of Leeds which goes back several years. The partnership aims to secure the UK’s position as the world leader in weather forecasting and climate prediction, and also develop the atmospheric science leaders of the future. ICAS hosts several Met Office staff in Leeds.
  • The National Centre for Atmospheric Science is the research centre belonging to the Natural Environment Research Council, charged with providing NERC and the UK public sector with expertise, national infrastructure and long-term programmes in atmospheric science. NCAS provides and maintains major observing systems (a large instrumented aircraft, radar, lidar, observatories), laboratory facilities in atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, atmospheric modelling systems and data archival and analysis facilities. Although NCAS is distributed across the UK, the headquarters is located alongside ICAS in Leeds, reflecting the importance which NCAS attaches to its collaboration with ICAS. Here in Leeds, ICAS is involved in many of the NCAS programmes, including boundary-layer meteorology, cloud physics, climate modelling and climate-chemistry-aerosol interactions. More about NCAS at Leeds.
National Centre for Earth Observation
  • The National Centre for Earth Observation is a research centre belonging to the Natural Environment Research Council. It provides NERC and UK universities with expertise and national capability in satellite-based Earth observation and data assimilation. NCEO helps to process the data obtained from satellites, maintains laboratory facilities and develops core UK data assimilation and inverse modelling tools, working closely with CPOM for studies of polar ice. NCEO is distributed across the UK, with its headquarters in Leicester. Here in Leeds, ICAS leads the chemical inverse modelling and data assimilation activities. We apply these models to test our understanding of atmospheric composition and to derive the fluxes of greenhouse gases.
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  • The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) studies processes in the Earth's polar latitudes that may affect the Earth's albedo, polar atmosphere and ocean circulation, and global sea level. CPOM uses theoretical and laboratory-derived understanding to form new models of interactions between the ice, ocean and atmosphere, and uses ground and satellite observations to test the predictions of these and other climate models. CPOM is also part of the NCEO.  As well as the School of Earth and Environment it has research groups at University College London and the Universities of Reading and Bristol. 
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Leeds has a formal partnership with KIT that reflects our longstanding research cooperation with KIT's Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research. The partnership stimulates development of collaborative research projects, academic and scientific exchange, and exchange on graduate and postgraduate levels. Read about both sides of the partnership and activity between Leeds and KIT: