Research is conducted at the University at Albany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Whiteface Mountain Summit Weather Station on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. (photo by Patrick Dodson) Dr. Sara Lance working on weather research equipment at University at Albany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Whiteface Mountain Summit Weather Station on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. (photo by Patrick Dodson)

Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Leading atmospheric scientists investigating the interaction of chemical, physical, geological and biological processes that impact our air, land and water.

Research: Renewable Energy

ASRC Partners with DOE to Enhance Offshore Wind Research Buoys

ASRC tech Jason Covert at Lake George on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (photo by Patrick Dodson)

ASRC researchers are leading a project with the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to tap into the underutilized renewable energy source of off-shore wind with a buoy-based flux measurement system.

The “flux-lidar” buoy will provide continuous data every 15 to 30 minutes on a number of atmospheric surface fluxes such as heat, momentum and moisture, while also observing wind speed and direction profiles at heights of several kilometers above sea surface. Both undergraduate and graduate student researchers are supporting the project.

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Student Spotlight

Archana Tripathy

A woman with long dark hair wearing a long-sleeved black shirt stands in front of a presentation poster.

What is your area of specialty/focus? 
I am seeking my PhD. My area of focus is Atmospheric chemistry (cloud chemistry).

What influenced you to study atmospheric sciences?
I have always been a happy nephophile, very enthusiastic about the sky above. I grew up in a coastal cyclone-prone area. Witnessing the sky changing colors along with the cloud cover has been the main driving force that led me to pursue Atmospheric Science as a career.

ASRC Student Spotlight

ASRC Research at Whiteface Mountain

ASRC Research Associate Sara Lance and graduate student Christopher Lawrence study what clouds are doing to the chemical composition of aerosols at the Whiteface Mountain Field Station.

About the Whiteface Observatory



ASRC Facilities

The xCITE (ExTREME Collaboration, Innovation and Technology) laboratory is a state-of-the-art data and visual analytics laboratory operated and managed by the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. (photos by Patrick Dodson)

The ExTreme Collaboration, Innovation, and Technology (xCITE) laboratory is a state-of-the-art software development and scientific visualization facility house within the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. 

Sara Lance and Christopher Lawrence conduct Cloud-Aerosol Chemistry Interaction research at the University at Albany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Whiteface Mountain Summit Weather Station on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.  A spray test helps calibrate the instruments. (photo by Patrick Dodson)

Located in the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Whiteface Observatory provides unparalleled facilities to conduct innovative and socially important atmospheric and environmental science research and education.

Girls from Schenectady and Albany visiting NYS Mesonet site at Indian Ladder Farms as part of the four-week Girls Inc. EUREKA! Program. Photo by: Brian Busher

The NYS Mesonet is the centerpiece of New York’s Early Warning Weather Detection system, a network of 126 weather stations across the state, with at least one site in every county and borough. 

Capital Regions BOCES/UAlbany Center of Excellence are partnering to develop an extreme weather dashboard to help school districts with decision-making for school closures/delays. We are hosting a press event to launch the dashboard.

The New York State Center of Excellence in Weather & Climate Analytics is an entrepreneurial hub for more than 120 weather and climate faculty, researchers and staff based at UAlbany.  

A man is silhouetted against a wall of monitors displaying weather data.

The State Weather Risk Communication Center (SWRCC) is a first-of-its-kind partnership between UAlbany researchers and state emergency managers that leverages the University's expertise in atmospheric sciences to help prepare for and respond to weather.

ASRC Mobile Measurement Platform

The mobile measurement platform consists of a diesel powered 2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Van equipped with a suite of fast time response advanced measurement instrumentation and systems to measure traditional criteria pollutants, temperature, GPS, radar and video tracking devices.

Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

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Albany, NY 12226
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