Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Meteorology

Miller Lab

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Our research area is called micrometeorology - "meteorology" because atmospheric motions are a key component of our work, and "micro" reflects a focus on the relatively thin layer (tens of meters) of the atmosphere just above land or water. Our research is field-oriented, meaning that we deploy scientific instruments in field settings, including forests, lakes and rivers, and the ocean. We are interested in Surface Exchange Processes, or the way that things like heat, momentum, and trace gases (e.g., CO2) are transferred between the earth's surface and the atmosphere. These fluxes are driven to a large degree by atmospheric turbulence, and we measure them directly using techniques such as eddy covariance. These data can be used to improve the understanding of processes controlling surface exchange. These results can then feed into climate models used to address questions about current and future biogeochemical cycles and climate. Our research covers a broad range of topics that has involved collaborations with physical and chemical oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, limnologists, and meteorologists.

Brian Tang Research Group

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My interests envelop topics in tropical meteorology, mesoscale storm dynamics, synoptic meteorology, and numerical modeling. My research focuses on the formation and intensity of tropical cyclones and their role in the climate system, and on severe weather in the Northeast.

Minder Research Group

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Research interests: Mountain weather and climate, regional climate dynamics, meoscale dynamics and modeling, lake-effect snow, and hydrometeorology