Centre for Atmospheric Research (CAR) is an activity Centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, with Headquarters along the Airport Road, Abuja. The Director General and Chief Executive of our Agency is Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba. Our Agency is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. Our Centre is strategically located within the Campus of the Kogi State University, Anyigba.

The NASRDA Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a world class research and development center of NASRDA headed by Professor Babatunde Rabiu, the centre is committed to research and capacity building in the atmospheric and related sciences. CAR is dedicated to understanding the atmosphere—the air around us—and the interconnected processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor through the ionosphere to the Sun's core. The NASRDA Center for Atmospheric Research provides research, facilities, and services for the atmospheric and Earth sciences community.


A Sustainable Path to Air Pollutants Detection: DEVELOPING A LOW-COST AIR QUALITY SENSOR – A challenge –

Most urban dwellers have been exposed to unsafe air, leading to 4.2 million deaths yearly. It is pathetic to note that the quality of air in major cities across the world is plaguing human existence at an alarming rate. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] Good Health & Well-being [SDG 3] and Sustainable Cities & Communities [SDG 11] aim to reduce the number of deaths from environmental pollution, including those from the impact of cities, by 2030. However, it is unlikely that developing countries would meet these targets unless concerted measures are applied

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COVID-19, AIR QUALITY, AND ENVIRONMENT Theme: Fighting pollution: A silent threat to our existence

Pollution (air, water, and soil) are insidious challenges which poses clear and present danger to humans everywhere.  The perception of citizens towards different types of environmental pollution varies widely based on several factors.  The World Health Organization reported that air pollution is responsible for about 7 million deaths annually.   Pollution plays an important role in public health, especially with respect to disease spread

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2022 International Colloquium on Equatorial and Low-Latitude Ionosphere

Gaining better understanding of the dynamics of the equatorial and low latitude ionosphere has become an object of global concern more than ever. Equatorial region, also known as the low latitude region refers to the region within  20 on either side of the geomagnetic equator. The region is characterized with much complexities and high level of dynamics which result in phenomena such as spread F, ionospheric anomaly, equatorial electrojet, equatorial plasma fountain, etc. The impact of such phenomena on telecommunications, navigation

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The Centre for Atmospheric Research (CAR) is pleased to announce the 6th Edition of the Professor Ekundayo Elisha Balogun National Symposium on Atmospheric Research. The series of annual symposium is in honour of Emeritus Professor Ekundayo E. Balogun who has made tremendous contributions to development of atmospheric research. This edition of the Symposium shall be dedicated to evaluate the Centre for Atmospheric Research over its 9 years of existence

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Introduction to Python/QGIS Programming for Air Pollution Data Processing On 21st  and 28th February 2022

Natural and anthropogenic activities drive dust movement around the world. An understanding of dust dynamics will help in mitigating the health implication.  The dearth of data on particulate matter in developing countries make it difficult to understand its behaviour and drivers.  Recently, the Centre for Atmospheric Research of the National Space Research and Development Agency, in partnership with the Alliance

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National Workshop on Space Technologies and Health

Space research and technologies have continued to improve the quality of human life in general. Space-dependent technologies have great potential to transform our health care delivery. For example, communication satellites enable long-distance communications in places on Earth where there is no telephone infrastructure. One public health application of this is in telemedicine or tele-health, where health workers in remote locations are linked via satellite communications with health


Observation and Measurement of Particulate Matter

CAR-NASRDA has join a global network for real-time observation and measurement of particulate matter particularly PM1, PM2.5 & PM 10. Particulate matter pollution is an environmental health problem that affects people worldwide, but low- and middle-income countries disproportionately experience this burden. In 2016, indoor and outdoor air pollution caused an estimated 7 million deaths

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COVID-19 Update

Daily spatial distribution of cases of Coronavirus over Nigeria provided by the Geoinformation Society of Nigeria

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Space Tourism Society Africa

Affiliated with Space Tourism Society headquartered in Los Angeles, USA. Our Main Goal is to arouse interest of African universities students in space science and technologist and non-space related activities.


GNSS TEC (AfriTEC) 2.3

The AfriTEC model is a model of the ionospheric GNSS TEC over the entire African region (Longitudes 25 degree West to 60 degree East, Latitudes 40 degree South to 40 degree North). The model can be used to obtain the ionospheric GNSS TEC at all locations over the African continent. For this version of the model (version 2.3), usage is encouraged to be restricted between years 2000-2022. The model is updated biennially

Space Weather Nowcasts

Space weather is fast becoming a global concern. Space weather refers to the conditions in space environment that have impact on space-dependent technological systems. Today's world is driven by space technology. Communication-, satellite-, navigational- , aviation-, and Information technologies, are some of the mostly patronized space-dependent technologies in the world today. Millions of Nigerians have continued to patronize space-dependent technologies whose functionality and efficiency are prone to space weather hazards. The NASRDA Centre for Atmospheric Research has 'Space Weather' as one of her main agenda and has hereby set up a daily space weather nowcasts for the benefits of the public and in particular patrons of space technology dependent systems/ operations. This platform starting from 16th January 2018 shall present daily space weather nowcasts for global usage.

Space Weather Daily condition
Date: 01 October 2022; 09:46 UT

Summary of Space Weather
New sunspot AR3112 is the leading edge of a larger sunspot group. The geomagnetic conditions are quiet at all levels. The solar wind speed has declined.

Space Weather parameters / observations;
Sunspot Number: 74
10.7cm Flux: 137 sfu
Solar wind speed: 398.9 km.s-1
Solar wind density: 0.20 protons.cm3
Kp: 0
Bz: -0.92 nT (South)
Bt: 6.54 nT
Dst: -14 nT

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Source of Information: -
International Space Environment Services # World Data Center for Geomagnetism # Space Weather # Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology # Space Weather Prediction Center, NOAA # WDC- Sunspot Index and Long-term Solar Observations

Daily ionospheric Map







Our Missions are: To understand the behavior of the entire spectrum of the Earth’s atmosphere and related physical, biological, and social systems; To promote capacity development in relevant atmospheric sciences as a way of facilitating international competitiveness in research being conducted by atmospheric scientists; and To disseminate atmospheric data and products to users towards socio-economic development of the Nation



Our Mandates are to provide a sound education, research and knowledge in: lower atmosphere; Upper Atmosphere (Ionospheric/Magnetospheric physics); Atmospheric chemistry and environmental science; Geomagnetism; Environmental research; tropospheric and trans-ionospheric radio propagation research; Solar physics, Solar Terrestrial Interactions, Space Weather; Human space technology Initiative; Space debris