What is convection?

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Convection is the process whereby hotter, less dense parcels of air rise and colder, denser parcels sink resulting in the transfer of heat. Convection can occur in both liquids and gases and is a major factor in the weather. Convection occurs in both moist and dry atmospheres as well as in the oceans and plays an important role in determining the weather. Continue reading

A different perspective on climate change- how changes in our climate may affect aviation

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The link goes both ways

When most people hear the words ‘climate change’ and ‘aviation’ in one sentence, they tend to think of the impacts that the aviation industry has on anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change. However, at the Met Office we are also interested in how changes in our climate may affect aviation. Continue reading