The Land-Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction (LAOI) Group is directed by Prof. Xubin Zeng.
Vision: To be an integrator of global remote sensing and field survey data with global modeling; and to act as a bridge among global data, parameterization, and climate modeling as well as weather forecasting communities on interface processes.
Research areas: Atmosphere-ocean-land-ice interface processes; Climate modeling; Hydrometeorology; Remote sensing; Nonlinear dynamics
Research style: to address a particular issue using observation data from a variety of sources (insitu, aircraft, satellite) at time scales from hours to decades and at space scales from meters to global, and using a hierarchy of models (large-eddy turbulence model, cloud-resolvable model, mesoscale model, as well as global model).
Achievement indicator: One of the good indicators of our research achievements is the wide use of our research products in the world, including the implementation of model parameterizations and value-added global datasets in the NCEP and ECMWF operational models for weather forecasting, in the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM) for climate studies, in WRF for regional studies, and in other regional and global models.
Research Highlights in value-added data, model and algorithm, and theoretical developments
Research Grants from NSF, NASA, DOE, NOAA, EU, and private sector
Research projects: Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center (CDHC). Also see our Research Showcase Program below.