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)

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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

Elizabeth McCabe

Elizabeth McCabe

I am seeking my PhD.

What is your area of specialty/focus?  
My research focuses on the boundary layer, specifically the sea breeze circulation and the frequently associated low-level jet in the offshore region of the New York Bight and along coastal Long Island.

What influenced you to study atmospheric sciences?
Learning to sail is when I first became interested in the wind. Knowing the wind speed and direction is integral to sailing, and I was fascinated by being able to connect what I learned about weather in the classroom to being out of on the water.

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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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