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Climate & Radiation


The Climate and Radiation Laboratory seeks a better understanding of Earth's climate on all time scales, from daily, seasonal, and interannual variability through changes on geologic time scales. Our research focuses on integrated studies of atmospheric measurements from satellites, aircraft and in-situ platforms, numerical modeling, and climate analysis.

We investigate atmospheric radiation, both as a driver for climate change and as a tool for the remote sensing of Earth's atmosphere and surface. The Laboratory research program strives to better understand how our planet reached its present state, and how it may respond to future drivers of change, both natural and anthropogenic.

Field Campaigns

April 2014

IPHEx [Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment] is a ground validation campaign focused in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The campaign closely followed the launch of NASA's Global Precipitaiton Measurement Mission (GPM) Core satellite in early 2014.

February 2013

7 South East Asian Studies / Biomass-burning, Aerosols, and Stratocumulus Environment: Lifecycles and Interactions Experiment


Date Range: 

Friday, February 1, 2013 to Sunday, April 19, 2015


Atmospheric System Research is to advance understanding of the interactions among aerosols, clouds, precipitation, radiation, dynamics, and thermodynamics.


The PolSIR instrument – short for Polarized Submillimeter Ice-cloud Radiometer – will help humanity better understand Earth’s dynamic atmosphere and its impact on climate by studying ice clouds that form at high altitudes throughout tropical and sub-tropical regions.