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

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    Forecasts from Clean Power Research developed at the ASRC are proven most accurate in EPRI study

    The remote sensing and solar resource forecast models developed at the ASRC under funding from Clean Power Research (CPR) are incorporated into CPR’s SolarAnywhere operational data service. SolarAnywhere generates photovoltaic (PV) plant simulations for the solar and utility industries.
    The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) compared PV production forecasts from twelve leading US providers to the metered output of solar systems at four test locations in Georgia and California. SolarAnywhere forecasts performed optimally at all locations. The test spanned one full year of data. It was conducted anonymously whereby forecast providers were not identified to those conducting the test. The figure below illustrates the mean absolute percentage error of the forecasts for each provider/location – SolarAnywhere results are circled at left.
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  • 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.
  • Laura Wittern-Keller of History

    Can the President Do That?

    The first of three Conversations at Standish looks at when the U.S. chief executive's action are constitutional, and when they’re not.

  • Mathas Vuille

    A Thousand Years of Weather

    $5M grant offers chance to look at climate change before human intervention.

  • Hurricane Harvey

    Experts Advisory: Hurricane Harvey

    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, UAlbany has several experts available to discuss the weather situation along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana, the role social media played in the rescue efforts and the critical need to be prepared for the next severe weather event.


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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