Pollutants in the atmosphere lead to adverse air quality. To help policymakers and society in general devise effective means to improve air quality, knowledge of meteorology, emission strengths, and chemistry is required.
Clouds and aerosols simultaneously reflect sunlight and radiate heat, cooling and warming the earth. Precipitation is the lynchpin in the water cycle. Understanding these key processes requires studies ranging from the molecular to planetary scales.
Mountains, hills, and plateaus cover half of the world’s land surface, contain half the global population, and affect half of the surface runoff. Knowledge of atmospheric processes in complex terrain is vital for water resource management, transportation safety, renewable energy resources, tourism, and geophysical hazards.
Changes in climate have far reaching impacts on environment and society. Quantifying and understanding these changes requires sophisticated climate modeling on local to global scales.
Numerical modeling becomes the mainstream of weather and climate research and prediction. Our research emphasizes model improvements, data assimilation, and predictability studies.
Tropical meteorology encompasses the most benign trade wind cumuli to the most destructive weather phenomena - tropical cyclones, as well as the major fluctuations such as Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) .
Direct links to individual research group web pages and faculty home pages are provided below.
- Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Systems Group
- Climate Research Group
- Cloud, Boundary Layer, and Wildfire Modeling Group
- Data Assimilation and Predictability
- Hallar Aerosol Research Team
- Land-Atmosphere Interactions Research Group
- MesoWest Research Group
- Mountain Meteorology Group
- The Deep Convection and Tropical Cyclones Research Group