Exhibition on atmospheres opens at the Museum for the History of Science

21 November 2012

A new public exhibition entitled "Atmospheres: Investigating the Weather from Aristotle to Ozone" at Oxford University's Museum for the History of Science opened on the 20th November in a ceremony led by Sir John Houghton FRS (former Director of the Met Office, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Head of Atmospheric Physics in Oxford).

The theme of the exhibition is on measurements of weather and climate through the ages, from early documented reports of weather events by the ancient Greeks (including Aristotle himself) through to the modern age of satellites and computers. Included are items relating to Oxford's role in atmospheric measurements, featuring extracts from the records of the Radcliffe Observatory (housing some of the longest continuous weather records in Europe), instruments and photographs from the work of Dobson on investigating the Ozone Layer, through to contemporary research in the Physics Department on satellite measurements of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets and on numerical weather and climate models.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum, the Department of Physics (Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics) and the School of Geography and the Environment. It will run until 7 April 2013.

For more details see http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/exhibits/atmospheres/