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Copernicus Grant Success

Posted on 30/09/2016
King's have just signed part of a new €1m three-year research contract to further develop the Copernicus Atmosphere Service's Global Fire Assimilation System (GFAS), originally developed under a string of EU funded projects (FP6, FP7 and H2020) led by the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

The project is led by PI Wooster and King's, who have been awarded £290k over three years. The PDRA working on the project will be Tadas Nikonovas, who has just started at the College after completing his PhD at University of Wales, Swansea. Dr Jiangping He and PhD student Mark de Jong will also be contributing to components of the work.
 
The GFAS system delivers daily estimates of global fire smoke emissions to the atmosphere at 10km resolution, supporting atmospheric monitoring, greenhouse gas emissions policies, and air quality early warning. It will be developed to use new satellite data sources and provide data at higher temporal resolutions over the next three years. You can read about the system here.

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