Climate change

'Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now' Barack Obama 

To ensure the success of the global climate policy known as the Paris Agreement (December 2015), tools and techniques must be developed to help countries quantify their greenhouse gas emissions. These tools provide better quantification of emissions and thus enable more successful emission reduction policies.

Toward this goal, the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) makes high-precision measurements of all greenhouse gases listed under the Kyoto Protocol, (the predecessor to the Paris Agreement) including CO2, CH4, N2O and halocarbons. Using models of the atmosphere in conjunction with these measurements, we estimate emissions of these gases at global and national scales. These are independent estimates that help guide the development of the emissions inventories submitted by countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as part of their reporting obligations.

Find out more about individual projects involving the ACRG using the links to the right.



OpenGHG is a multi-instituational NERC funded project designed to facilitate greenhouse gas analysis in the cloud.


DARE-UK develops systems to estimate greenhouse gas emissions to improve the accuracy and transparency of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory reports


The UK DECC network is comprised of five stations across the UK and Ireland, making high frequency atmospheric measurements of greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances

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