Atmospheric Sciences

Centers and Labs

The Cloud-Aerosol-Rain Observatory (CAROb)
The South Florida's Cloud-Aerosol-Rain Observatory, located 6 km offshore of Miami, is dedicated to improving our understanding of low cloud behavior and cloud-aerosol interactions through routine, frequent, and multi-year measurements. For more information, visit CAROb at:

The Atmospheric Trace Gas Laboratory
The Atmospheric Trace Gas Laboratory houses state-of-the-art instrumentation for sampling and measurement of a wide range of trace gases found in the troposphere and stratosphere.  Specialized samplers have been designed and deployed on a variety of research aircraft, including the NSF GV, NASA Global Hawk, WB-57, ER-2, as well as the NOAA P-3 aircraft. Samples are analyzed with a range of instruments based on gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometry, and other selective detectors that allow analysis of trace gases from nmol/mol (10^-09 mole fraction) to sub-pmol/mol (10^-12 mole fraction).  A newly acquired instrument, the Agilent Model 7200 QTOF, provides capabilities for high-resolution mass spectrometric analysis of complex environmental samples.

The Weather Server
A powerful new data server in the UM Rosenstiel School’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences - called weather.rsmas — participates in live peer-to-peer sharing of current weather data streams from around the world. Weather.rsmas keeps a rolling archive of the most recent few weeks of global data, including forecasts and verifications along with satellite, radar, stations, balloons, and other observational data sources. Many other historical data collections are also stored on the weather.rsmas server. All these datasets are shared out to the Internet, using Catalog services, the Open Data Access Protocol (OpenDAP) and other related client services. This system allows researchers and weather watchers to collaborate worldwide, without having to be physically located together. Weather.rsmas is one of the nation’s most advanced demonstration sites for these big-data technologies.


Climate and Climate Processes/Climate Modeling Group

Researchers in the Climate Modeling Group use climate models to address fundamental questions about the Earth’s climate. Current research projects include:

  • Global warming
  • Paleoclimate
  • Seasonal to interannual climate variability and predictability
  • Decadal climate variability and predictability
  • Regional climate change
  • Hurricanes and climate

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Summer Asian Monsoon Weather and Forecasts
The Summer Asian Monsoon Weather and Forecasts research group works on diverse aspects of tropical weather and climate, especially on phenomena that involve deep convective clouds and precipitation. Recently the research group, led by Brian Mapes, has been studying the Asian summer monsoon, a vitally important phenomenon and a major challenge for both weather forecasting and climate modeling. Current and forecast weather loops of the Asian monsoon region can be found at: