World Class Research & Development

The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), of the State University of New York at Albany, was established on February 16, 1961 by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, as a SUNY system-wide resource for developing and administering programs in basic and applied sciences related to the atmospheric environment.

Founded by Vincent Schaefer, a General Electric protégée of Nobel Prize winner Irving Langmuir, ASRC’s world-class researchers study the physical and chemical processes of the atmosphere, land, and water systems, and apply that knowledge to explore the interaction of chemical, physical, geological and biological processes that impact our environment. Through technology transfer and collaboration with state, federal and industrial partners, ASRC enhances New York State’s scientific capacity and infrastructure, while advancing the quality of life and economic well-being of its citizens.

ASRC is currently located in the CESTM (Center for Emerging Sciences & Technology Management) facility of the SUNY Albany campus. Research and development at ASRC spans a broad spectrum of scientific areas, including: advanced sensor development; laboratory and field experiments in atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, and aerosol microphysics; remote sensing of the environment; global aerosol forecasting, air quality, climate change, dispersion modeling; high performance computing, and data & visual analytics.

ASRC Spotlight

  • Cloud-chemistry-workshop

    Cloud Chemistry Workshop at Whiteface Mountain on Sep 16-17, 2016

    Researchers from various institutes came together to visit the Whiteface Mountain observatory and to plan future field projects at the site focused on multiphase chemical processes within clouds.
  • Prospective graduate student visiting weekend

    Prospective Graduate Student Visiting Weekend

    The Department of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences (DAES) and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) will hold a graduate recruitment event for prospective students, March 2-4, 2017 at the University at Albany.
  • Richard Perez in front of solar energy panels

    Turning Typhoons into Applied Learning

    Ramirez, a native of Colombia and junior at UAlbany, is studying abroad in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as the University’s first National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant recipient.
  • The Redoubt Volcanic Eruption in Alaska

    The Climatic Toll of Volcanic Eruptions

    Volcanic eruptions over the last 1,000 years have exacted a heavy influence on global climate, according to a new study led by researchers at UAlbany. The impact is felt most dramatically near the equator, where eruptions have led to reduced rainfall in both the summer monsoon and winter seasons, as well as a cooling trends across entire continents.

  • Hurricane Matthew 2016

    UAlbany Faculty Experts: Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on U.S.

    With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the east coast of the United States, more than 1.5 million Americans have already been instructed to evacuate their homes. UAlbany faculty experts are available to discuss the Category 4 storm.


Aerial drone footage of ASRC WFM Summit Observatory

Contact ASRC

Atmospheric Sciences
Research Center
University at Albany
State University of New York
CESTM Building
251 Fuller Road
Albany, New York 12203

Phone: (518) 437-8705
Fax: (518) 437-8758