Welcome to the Cloud Systems Research Group, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois!
Specific research foci of our group include:
- Cloud systems: precipitation processes, life cycle, kinematics and dynamics, microphysical processes, role in large scale weather and climate processes
- Mesoscale and convective scale meteorology
- Remote sensing of clouds and precipitation
The tools we use for our research include:
- Remote sensing platforms for cloud and precipitation studies: radar and passive microwave techniques using ground, aircraft, and satellite techniques (ground based dual-pol or multifrequency radar, airborne and satellite multi-frequency radars, multi-channel multi-polarization passive microwave measurements, scatterometers)
- In situ measurements aboard aircraft or on the surface: cloud probes, surface disdrometer measurements and precipitation gauges, surface and radiosonde measurements
- Precipitation microphysics and mesoscale- to cloud-scale dynamics
- Mesoscale models: WRF, CM1
- Big data, open software: remote sensing, in situ, model data
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