Researchers Get $13M to Help Create Better Weather Predictions Models

Terra satellite image of tropical cyclone Ingrid in Coral Sea

The Energy Department is funding nearly 30 projects in atmospheric sciences in hopes of improving models for predicting weather and climate. 

The 27 projects intend to get a better understanding of the complex processes of cloud formation and dynamics and their effect on the atmosphere, the agency said in an announcement. 

In total, the projects will receive $13 million. 

The research teams will analyze data generated mainly by the DOE Office of Science’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement User Facility, a ground-based observations laboratory that advances atmospheric and climate research. By analyzing that data, the researchers hope to make today’s weather and climate models more precise.

The projects will address a host of atmospheric science topics, including the role of aerosols in cloud formation and cloud dynamics.

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