Illuminating Effective Strategies
Energy policies and related technological development can impact energy markets, air quality and human health, regional meteorology, and climate. Conversely, regional meteorological trends, climate, and air quality can impact solar and wind power generation.
We examine both of these impact pathways through the use of state-of-the-art atmospheric modeling tools, as well as analysis of satellite, surface and other types of observational data. We develop collaborations with industry and academic partners in order to address the most pressing and applicable problems.
Ambient air pollution is a result of interactions of emissions and meteorology through atmospheric chemical transport processes. We develop and apply air quality modeling and sensitivity analysis tools to investigate:
- Source-receptor relationships
- Meteorology-chemistry interactions
- Single and multiple pollutant control strategies.
We strive to determine the most effective air pollution mitigation strategies for specific geographic regions, and energy sources and technologies.
Renewable Power Generation:
We develop and apply meteorological modeling tools and analyses to investigate what drives variability in resource availability (e.g. wind speed, or surface insolation) in order to determine how best to utilize renewable resources.