Touchdown for research aircraft at Into the blue Manchester

25 October 2016

NERC's Into the blue Manchester showcase has kicked off with the arrival of the UK's most advanced scientific research aircraft at the city's main airport.

FAAM research aircraft taxiing

The FAAM (Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements) aircraft touched down at 3:30pm on Monday and taxied to the nearby Manchester Runway Visitor Park. From today (Tuesday 25 October), it will be on show during public tours, alongside around 40 exhibitions manned by NERC-funded scientists bringing to life the environmental science we live and breathe.

On the aircraft's four-hour journey from East Midlands Airport, scientists from the NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) took measurements of the concentrations of pollutants coming from the ground over the North of England. Information gathered during the flight will provide fresh data to enhance our understanding of air quality in the UK in the years to come by honing methods of cutting-edge research into the number of tonnes of emissions from our cities.

Further information about the results of this work is set to be reported in BBC and Sky News broadcasts on Wednesday morning (26 October).

Into the blue will bring alive the world of environmental science and research by immersing visitors in a hands-on science exhibition running at the Runway Visitor Park until Saturday. Find out more and book tickets through the Into the blue website - external link.

Follow the event on Twitter @NERCScience - external link - and via #NERCIntotheblue - external link.

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Further information

Mary Goodchild
NERC media office
01793 411939
07710 147485