Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences Research

Some of our faculty, scientists, and graduate students fly on research aircraft to make measurements of air pollutants, cloud drop size, and other physical processes; while others have flown through hurricanes and other large-scale weather systems in the tropics to better understand their internal dynamics. Computer simulations of widely varying degrees of scale and complexity are validated and improved with the data from these studies.  The high expertise of our faculty and staff across many topics in atmospheric science makes Rosenstiel School one of the worldwide leaders in tropical meteorology, climate dynamics, and cloud processes.

Current areas of research include:

• Aerosol studies that include dust and air pollutants and studies of their impacts on climate change

• Chemistry related to oxidative processes that involve organic and inorganic compounds, free radicals, and particulate matter

• Atmospheric boundary layer and cloud studies

• Atmospheric modeling that uses multi-nested regional models coupled with wave/ocean models

• Hurricane dynamics: their formation, rapid intensification, and changes in activity due to climate change

• Observational and computational studies of the Madden-Julian Oscillation and other phenomena in the tropics

• Tropical meteorology forecasting: improving computer model forecasts, data assimilation, and observing strategies

• El Niño and its prediction on interannual time scales

• Modeling and diagnosis of interannual to interglacial climate variability

• Observational and modeling studies of anthropogenic global climate change