Implementing Discoveries of Climate and Biodiversity Research
University at Albany scientists in the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) and Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) are making impressive inroads in the quest for climate sustainability that will also enhance economic growth.
More than $5.1 million in 2010-11 funding for this research area supplies weather-sensitive industries with critical information for planning future decisions, including the following UAlbany projects:
- Wei-Chyung Wang, ASRC professor, is U.S. Chief Scientist for three joint research efforts with China, assessing the socio-economic impact of increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases.
- DAES Assistant Professor Ryan Torn is reducing errors in the predictability and dynamics of mesoscale weather systems – work now supporting the wind energy industry.
- Professor Kenneth Demerjian of ASRC continues groundbreaking investigations into the impact of pollutants upon populated urban areas, critical for developing systems that improve air quality.
- ASRC aerosol microphysics scientist Fangqun Yu uses global models to enhance both knowledge of solar variation on Earth's climate and temperature change projections associated with human activities.
- Lee Harrison of ASRC helped develop a solar measurement instrument manufactured and sold by Massachusetts-based Yankee Environmental Systems, and now partners with the company to develop inexpensive yet effective weather reconnaissance devices for exploring the inner workings of hurricanes.