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Areas of Research

Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric Dynamics

Boundary Layer Research

Climate Change

Cloud and Aerosol Research

Cloud Dynamics, Preciptitation Processes and Storms


Mesoscale Meteorology

Middle Atmosphere Meteorology

Planetary Atmospheres

Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing

Synoptic Meteorology

Faculty: Gregory Hakim, Cliff Mass, Mark Stoelinga


Right: Hurricane Andrew heads toward
Louisianna, 1992.

Hurricane Andrew headed toward Louisianna

Synoptic meteorology has traditionally been concerned with the analysis and prediction of large-scale weather systems, such as extratropical cyclones and their associated fronts and jet streams. An important aim of synoptic training is to acquaint the student with the structure and behavior of the real atmosphere. This is accomplished formally through coursework and informally through the maintenance of a facility for display of weather information including station reports, satellite pictures, and a wide variety of weather maps and prognostic charts. An expanding interactive computer system allows convenient display and manipulation of meteorological data. The department maintains an extensive archive of weather maps, satellite imagery, and station reports.

Recent synoptic research in the department has dealt with such diverse subjects as the large-scale tropical and subtropical disturbances, extratropical cyclones, polar lows, the interactions between tropical and extratropical systems, and the large-scale effects of volcanic eruptions. Modeling and observational analyses are combined in an integrated approach to synoptic meteorology.

Research Group Websites:

Improving Microphysics and Preciptation Parameterization in Mesoscale Models

Regional Numerical Weather Prediction