Manchester atmospheric measurements had significant impact on UK response to the 2010 ash crisis

Impact: Economic impacts, Environmental impacts, Societal impacts, Technological impacts

Narrative

Technology developed at UoM on clouds and aerosols proved vital in deriving ash mass concentrations during the 2010 eruption of the Iceland volcano, verifying the Met Office model that was defining the airspace exclusion zone and predict ash loadings for the Civil Aviation Authority. The shutdown of airspace cost the airline industry worldwide an estimated $1.7bn, reaching $400m per day on April 19th. Reassurance provided by our verification allowed lifting of flight restrictions which had the immediate effect of re-opening airspace, relieving the impact on hundreds of thousands of people globally, leading to an estimated global saving to the industry of $10bn The approach has resulted in new long term airborne response capability at the Met Office.

Category of impact

  • Economic impacts
  • Environmental impacts
  • Societal impacts
  • Technological impacts
Date
2014

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