Research and Education to solve Air Quality problems associated with agriculture, natural resources and environment is what we do. Our basic expertise is in micrometeorology, which is the study the physics and transport properties of the near surface atmosphere. Our general approach is to join with a wide array of experts in other fields to design and conduct “Cooperative” research and education programs, both large and small, all across the country. Our basic research approach is to incorporate current knowledge and theories (hypotheses) into numerical and analytical computer models, and then test them with field experiments. This modeling followed by field testing is an iterative process which eventually ends in new practical applications.
Recent “cooperative” research projects include Pollutant Transport and dispersion in the nighttime boundary layer in the CASES99 and JORNADA field campaigns funde by NSF and ARO; Forest –atmosphere exchanges of mercury – funded by USEPA through the Connecticut River Airshed-Watershed Consortium (CRAWC); and New Mexico Agriculture Aerosol Emissions funded by USDA NRI. Currently we are engaged in the NSF funded campaign on Wind and forest canopy dynamics in changing climate.
Basic funding is from our home Universities supplemented by grants from federal agencies, NSF, USDA, USEPA, USDOD, USFS, state agencies and private corporations.