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

Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence, ASRC student

Expected PhD completion: May 2024, advised by Dr. Sara Lance

Research focus: The complicated and understudied role clouds play in the chemical composition in the atmosphere, the chemical transformations of organic carbon and nitrogen within cloud droplets, and the growing role  wildfires in the US and Canada are having on the organic carbon and nitrogen budgets in New York.

What influenced you to study atmospheric sciences? Climate change has always been a significant concern. Even as a kid, I was interested in becoming a scientist to help find solutions to the environmental problems.

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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.

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