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14.4 to 18°F

colder on the ground vs. the air during strong temperature inversions in Tanana Valley, 2004-2009


increase in average annual temperature across Alaska from 1949-2016

15 days

Fairbanks's air quality was deemed "hazardous" by the EPA during the 2004 wildfires

Atmospheric Sciences

The Atmospheric Sciences group is composed of scientists who share a common interest in using the unique vantage point of the polar regions to study the physical, chemical and dynamic processes of the atmosphere.

The Atmospheric Sciences research group's interests cover a broad spectrum of topics in atmospheric sciences, with our research results often bearing directly on societal issues surrounding climate variability and change. Many members of the group also maintain research interests in other regions of the globe. We strive to understand the polar atmosphere and its role within the Earth system. Our projects use a variety of observational, modeling and remote sensing techniques.

We provide opportunities for students to participate in exciting field experiments, apply theoretical concepts and use cutting-edge modeling to understand our atmosphere better.

Research Areas

  • Atmospheric remote sensing
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Chemistry transport modeling
  • Cloud/aerosol physics
  • Climate variability and change
  • Hydrometeorology
  • Mesoscale modeling
  • Meteorology of the middle and upper atmosphere