Research - Numerical Modeling

Our goal is to simulate the effect of aerosols on the earth-atmosphere system. To accomplish that objective we have used mesoscale modeling tools (AERO-RAMS) and chemistry models (WRF-CMAQ) to study the effect of biomass burning, dust, sulfate, and other aerosol species.

Key references
1) Wang, J., U. Nair, and S.A. Christopher (2004), GOES-8 Aerosol Optical Thickness Assimilation in a Mesoscale Model: Online Integration of Aerosol Radiative Effects, J. Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Vol. 109, No. D23, D23203 04

2) Christopher, S.A., P. Gupta, U. Nair, T.A. Jones, S. Kondragunta, Y. Wu, J. Hand, X. Zhang, Satellite Remote Sensing and Mesoscale Modeling of the 2007 Florida/Georgia Fires, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS-2009-00020), 26, 1-13

3) Yang, E., S. A. Christopher, S. Kondragunta, and X. Zhang (2011), Use of hourly Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) fire emissions in a Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model for improving surface particulate matter predictions, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D04303, doi:10.1029/2010JD014482.