The fire and smoke modeling group focuses on improving understanding of how fires interact with the atmosphere creating their own weather and how wildfire smoke impacts air quality. The goal is to improve fire spread and air quality forecasting capabilities by integrating fire detections, weather observations, and fuel data.
Experimental fire modeling portal: http://demo.openwfm.org/sj/
The Cloud and Aerosol Group conducts research projects that involve aircraft-based observations, instrument calibrations, climate model simulations, satellite remote sensing and air pollution. Some of the ongoing projects include ice and mixed-phase cloud formation and interaction with aerosols, high-latitudinal cloud processes in the Arctic, Antarctica and Southern Ocean.
The Weather, Climate and Human Systems lab investigate the meteorology, climatology and economic impact of wind, solar and temperature variability. Future energy systems have the potential to be extremely sensitive to variations in windiness and the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth’s surface.