The group has been active in several fields of Atmospheric Science.
Most of its activities are related to:
- Air Pollution
- Regional-Mesoscale Phenomena
- Severe Weather Phenomena-Natural Hazards
- Weather Forecasting
- Frost Studies
- Modeling of the Atmospheric Mercury Cycle
- Wind and Solar Energy
- Saharan Dust Transport
- Marine Applications
The Atmospheric Modeling Group has extensive experience in air pollution studies. During the last years the group has undertaken several research activities on this subject. These activities are related to:
- Data analysis
- Synoptic classification
- Long range transport of air pollutants
- Urban air quality
- Photochemical pollution
This research was based on simulations, performed with the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS), the Hybrid Particle and Concentration Transport Model (HYPACT), the MDMS and UAM models. The scientific team is also involved in several consulting activities related to air pollution, mainly involving environmental impact analysis, siting of new factories, etc.
The Group has involved in several studies related to Regional and Mesoscale Phenomena such as sea-land breezes, convective and frontal activities etc.
The Atmospheric Modeling Group has undertaken several research activities on Extreme Weather Phenomena and associated Natural Hazards. This research is focusing on model simulations performed with the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) and the SKIRON/ETA model. The scientific team is also involved in forensic activities related to damage from extreme weather events.
72 hour weather forecasting is provided daily from the Atmospheric Modeling group for educational and general use purposes. The SKIRON forecasting system is running daily at the premises of the group. In addition, satellite images and surface observations are provided.
Optimum utilization of frost protection methods. The studies are related to both field experiments and atmospheric modeling.
Development and simulation of mercury physicochemical processes using the RAMS and SKIRON/Eta atmospheric modelling systems.
The group leader has several activities related to wind energy applications. Recently, other members of the group are also involved in such activities. These activities are focusing on the site selection for wind parks and siting of wind generators (over land and offshore). The methodology followed is the field measurements and very high 3-dimensional atmospheric modeling (grid resolution of a few tens of meters).
A version of the SKIRON system is able to describe/forecast the dust cycle (uptake - transport - deposition). This development has taken place at the framework of the MEDUSE and SKIRON projects. The SKIRON system is the only operational model, with the dust prediction capability.
The AM&WFG participated in a number of projects concerning marine applications such as MFS, MFSTEP, ENVIWAVE, POWWOW, POSEIDON I and II, NHREAS etc. The studies include air-sea iteration processes, atmosphere deposition, forecasting operations.