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The Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UEA combines a unique selection of scientists studying the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere as well as the physics, chemistry and biology of the oceans and the important links between the atmosphere and oceans.  We have close links with the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and the Tyndall centre at UEA as well. COAS is funded by the Natural Environment research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, The Royal Society, the European Research Council and several other funders including international funders such as the US National Science Foundation, the German Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung.

The following list contains examples of the areas covered by our recent and ongoing work, more details can be found in the profiles of the individual members of COAS.



  • Improvement of weather forecasts
  • WeatherQuest weather forecast company
  • Polar meteorology
  • Global circulation patterns
  • Distribution and trends of ozone depleting substances in the troposphere and stratosphere
  • Oxidation capacity of the troposphere
  • Reactive halogen chemistry in the troposphere
  • Polar atmospheric chemistry
  • Chemistry in volcanic plumes



  • Ocean circulation
  • Internal tides
  • Shelf sea dynamics and biogeochemistry
  • Global distribution of dissolved CO2
  • Air-sea exchange of important gases including  CO2
  • Production of trace gases by marine organisms

We employ a large variety of traditional and cutting edge tools for our research. They include a large variety of computer models, instruments used in the laboratory and in field studies as listed below.



  • Weybourne Atmospheric Observatory
  • DECC network of tall towers to measure greenhouse gases: Tacelneston tower
  • Gas cylinder filling facility / Carbon Related Atmospheric Measurement laboratory
  • Seaglider ballasting and testing tank
  • Fleet of seaagliders
  • Atmosphere- sea ice – snow ocean simulation chamber
  • High performance computer cluster (COAS is one of the main users of this UEA facility)
  • Frequent participant in campaigns with the UK research aircraft, the FAAM BAe146
  • Frequent participation in cruises on UK and international research vessels


Computer models:

  • Unified Model (UM) by the Met Office
  • UK Chemistry and Aerosol model (UKCA)
  • GEOS-Chem
  • WRF and WRF-Chem, regional model for weather forecast and atmospheric chemistry
  • ISM, global circulation model
  • MISTRA and MISTRA-Snow, atmospheric chemistry and microphysics model
  • NEMO ocean model
  • PLANKTOM ocean biogeochemistry model


Analytical instruments


  • Large range of gas chromatography instruments
  • Autospec
  • Various isotope MS
  • Cavity enhanced and cavity resonance spectrometers