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Research in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences

The faculty, staff and students in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington are engaged in the study of a broad range of atmospheric phenomena and processes, using methods ranging from mathematical analysis to field experimentation.  Research projects range in size from small studies involving individual scientists to large national and international programs involving teams of scientists.

Research groups in the department are concerned with Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Dynamics, Boundary Layer Processes, Cloud and Aerosol Research, Glaciology and Planetary Atmospheres, Cloud Dynamics, Precipitation Processes, Storms, Weather Analysis and Forecasting, Climate, Global change, Airflow over mountains, and other topics.  Some groups maintain special research facilities for the use of their students.  In some of these activities, there is close cooperation with the nearby Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratories at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional Center through the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO). Faculty members often have interests in more than one area, and research projects frequently involve questions of broad scope which do not fall neatly into a single category.  This is particularly true of research projects directed toward understanding the chemical and physical modification of the environment by human activities.

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Areas of Research

Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric Dynamics
Boundary Layer Research
Climate Change
Cloud and Aerosol Research
Cloud Dynamics, Precipitation Processes and Storms
Mesoscale Meteorology
Middle Atmosphere Meteorology
Planetary Atmospheres
Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing
Synoptic Meteorology


Related Research Centers

Applied Physics Laboratory
Astrobiology Program
Earth and Space Sciences Department
Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Program on Climate Change

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