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 Ag. Director-General and Chief Executive of our Agency is Dr. Francis Chizea. 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 here in 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.


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.


Colloquium on Equatorial and Low-Latitude Ionosphere 2020

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, satellite operations, and other space-based technologies has made the region a point of international collaborative focus in scientific research.


Colloquium on Equatorial and Low-Latitude Ionosphere 2019

International Colloquium on Equatorial and Low-Latitude Ionosphere 9 – 13 September 2019, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria. Some of the papers presented during the Colloquium are available

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Call for Submission of Full Manuscripts 2019 Monograph of Atmospheric Research

The Centre for Atmospheric Research is hereby making an open call to all and sundry to submit full manuscripts of research papers for probable publication in 2019 Monograph of Atmospheric Research. Areas of interest include, physics of lower atmosphere (Meteorology), ionospheric studies, air quality research, atmospheric chemistry, environmental research and space weather.


Air Quality Issues in National Planning:
Assessing Present Status and Predicting Future Trends in Nigeria

Full texts of the invited papers delivered at the
3rd Ekundayo Elisha Balogun National Symposium on Atmospheric Research and
2019 Air Quality Workshop, at Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria on Thursday 29th August 2019

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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 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.

Daily condition
Date: 18 January 2021; 11:45 UT

Summary of Space Weather
The new sunspot AR2796 has a simple magnetic field and popses no threat for strong magnettic flares. The geomagnetic conditions are quiet at all levels.The solar wind speed is declining.

Space Weather parameters / observations;
Sunspot Number: 23
10.7cm Flux: 77 sfu
Solar wind speed: 279.3 km.s-1
Solar wind density: 15.8 protons.cm3
Kp: 0
Bz: 1.0 08nT (South)
Bt: 3.3 nT
Dst: -0 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

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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

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