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Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science

What role does measurement play in climate action?

Online event

11 November, 13.00 – 15.30 GMT, online seminar

Join the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), its Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science, the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Royal Holloway as they explore the critical role measurement plays in understanding and responding to climate change.

About the event:

NPL (the UK’s National Metrology Institute) and university partners across the UK, particularly through the Detection and Attribution of Regional greenhouse gas Emissions (DARE-UK) project and UK-DECC Network funded by NERC and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, are working on the science to provide confidence in delivering accuracy and reliability to greenhouse gas emissions estimates, that governments, regulators and industry can rely on. This live on-line seminar will feature some of the very latest research through a series of short talks and panel debate with speakers from the Met Office, Ricardo, Airbus and NPL providing delegates with the chance to quiz the experts about future science directions. 

Find out about:

  • Measurement techniques and why accuracy matters
  • Current and future collaborations in climate science
  • The impact of measurement on Policy
  • Careers and studentships in measurement science


Welcome and Introduction to session - Matt Rigby, DARE-UK, University of Bristol

Scene setting and aims of the session with audience polling

Opening talk - Tim Arnold, NPL and the University of Edinburgh

The importance of measurement and monitoring in tackling the climate crisis

Student talks

A snapshot of the latest research from universities across the UK

In-situ measurements

NPL demonstration of measurement

Panel Session – Facilitator, Matt Rigby, DARE-UK, University of Bristol

Facilitated panel discussion with industry, policy and measurement experts with time for live Q&A


  • Early career researchers from across the UK
  • Alistair Manning, Met Office
  • Anita Ganesan, Modelling lead for DARE-UK, University of Bristol
  • Kat Elsom, Airbus
  • John Watterson, Ricardo
  • Tim Arnold, National Physical Laboratory & University of Edinburgh

Closing remarks


This event is intended for a general audience and members of the public concerned about climate action and measurements and the science behind the measurements. 

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