College of Science and Technology

Atmospheric Science and Meteorology

The Atmospheric Science and Meteorology group conducts research on atmospheric systems ranging: (a) from microscale (biomass burning aerosols, wildfire/aviation/sea-spray turbulence, tornadoes), mesoscale (snow/ice-atmosphere interaction, tropical/moist convection, orographic effects, severe local storms), to large scale (tropical cyclones and waves, Arctic cyclones, and polar climate) systems; (b) from tropical (cyclones and waves), midlatitude (storms, polar/subtropical jets), to polar (snow/ice, Arctic cyclones) regions; and (c) from short (aerosol emission, turbulence, tornadoes) to long (regional climate in polar and tropical regions; biomass impacts on climate) terms, using measured, observed, or remotely-sensed data by laboratory, field, or numerically-modeled experiments.


Solomon Bililign – Professor
Atmospheric Chemistry/Physics with a focus on laboratory and field studies of chemical and optical properties of biomass burning aerosols and their impact on health and climate. Air quality field measurements of emissions from anthropogenic sources.


Yuh-Lang Lin – Senior Scientist and Professor
Conduct research on atmospheric dynamics and modeling of tropical cyclones, orographic effects on airflow and weather systems, wildfires, tornado environment, moist convection, gravity waves & turbulence, severe local storms, and cloud microphysics.


Ademe Mekonnen - Associate Professor
Our research is focused on the interaction between atmospheric tropical waves and different types of convection, including tropical cyclone development. We have a broad interest in medium to long-range forecast problems, tropical climate variability, and change.


Jing Zhang – Professor
Polar research with a focus on the weather and climate modeling studies for the Arctic and Antarctic regions using an in-house developed WRF-ice model. WRF-ice, a snow/ice enhanced Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, includes thermodynamic sea ice module, as well as newly coupled ice sheet and double-moment blowing snow modules.