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School of Physics and Astronomy

Atmospheric Turbulence and Bumpy Flights

17 May 2013

Time: 2:30pm
Venue: GO Jones 208

Astronomy Unit Seminars
Dr Paul Williams (University of Reading)

Turbulence is ubiquitous in planetary atmospheres, but it is of particular interest in Earth's atmosphere, 
because of its impact on flying planes.  Commercial aircraft encounter significant turbulence tens of thousands of times 
each year worldwide, injuring hundreds of passengers (occasionally fatally) and costing airlines tens of millions of 
dollars.  This talk will describe a new method for predicting patches of turbulence in advance.  The talk will also 
describe how turbulence might change in future because of climate change.  This latter topic attracted high media 
interest when our paper was published last month!

** N.B., seminar is in GO Jones 208 **