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.