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Our atmospheric expertise accelerates the UK’s volcanic ash response.

A strategic collaboration between The University of Manchester and the Met Office was instrumental in verifying forecasts of the ash cloud released by the Eyafyallajokull eruption.

Measurements taken by Manchester’s research team contributed significantly to constraining the Met Office model predictions and its satellite retrieval algorithms, and were crucial in assessing and developing the performance of the NAME model. The rapid response to deploy resources and the ability to deliver quality assured data played a critical role in minimising disruption to airspace.