Climate and Environmental Science

The combination of trail-blazing research and high-quality education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels have long made the University at Albany a national and international leader in atmospheric and environmental science.

New industry collaborations offer a renewed promise to accelerate and commercialize significant climate change and meteorological advances.

Climate ResearchA cornerstone of our research platform will be climate and environmental science, to which the University brings a rich R&D program. Our SUNY 2020 initiative will enable us to co-locate our skilled scientists and technology resources, already among the most advanced in the nation, including:

  • A network of high-end graphical computers providing real-time atmospheric observations from around the world including satellite, radar, surface, upper-air, model forecast and lightning detection data.
  • Access to the supercomputing facilities of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado for use in research projects of truly intense computational nature.
  • A state of the art Weather Map Room for research and teaching.
  • Multiple field stations, including a powerful mountain top station at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. 
  • Powerful laboratory facilities, including Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (SIRMS), Fluid Influsion, Geochemistry, optical microscopy, and rock sample prep facilities. 

Atmospheric and Environmental Science Research Center (ASRC)
University at Albany scientists forge ahead with advanced research into the critical issues of our world. From air quality and atmospheric interactions with oceans and human populations, to ensuring accurate measurement of solar and infrared radiation, the University at Albany’s research programs continue to advance human understanding and create opportunities for solutions.

Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES)
The educational mission of the University is embodied by the teaching and research of the talented faculty of DAES.  The Department offers an internationally recognized graduate program, including both Masters and PhDs in Atmospheric Science. At the undergraduate level, the Department provides two distinctive degrees: a B.S. in Atmospheric Science, and a B.S. in Environmental Science.

Attracting Private Sector Collaboration
The University has worked to identify companies in environmental science as potential partners. Companies like Vaisala, AWS Truepower and Meso Inc. are all involved in aspects of environmental sciences or clean energy. E-TEC’s interdisciplinary “sandbox” will create new opportunities for these and other companies to collaborate with the University’s diverse group of researchers to foster new innovations and develop commercially viable opportunities.

To learn more about UAlbany's other NYSUNY 2020 research clusters, visit Biomedical Science and Biotechnology, Forensic Sciences and Cyber Security and Advanced Data Analytics.