We have a broad range of interests and are active in probing and modelling many aspects of the atmosphere from ground-level up to 120 km.
The two academics in the department are
Our research interests can broadly be summarized:
- the dynamics of the tropospehere and stratosphere (Dr. Adrian McDonald)
- the structure and dynamics of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere using meteor radar techniques (Professor Jack Baggaley)
- the orbital characteristics of meteors and planetary astronomy (Professor Jack Baggaley, Dr David Galligan)
- climate modelling (Dr. Adrian McDonald and Dr Steve George)
- Radio wave propagation and scattering in the atmosphere (Dr. Adrian McDonald)
- remote sensing and in-situ sampling of atmospheric aerosol and the role of aerosol in climate.
Dr Bob Bennett and Dr Grahame Fraser are senior fellows attached to this group whose interests revolve around radar physics and the use of radars in various problems relating to the dynamics of the atmosphere.
To support these research interests we have radar facilities at Birdlings Flat (near Christchurch) and Scott Base (Antarctica). Graeme Plank manages the Birdling Flat facility and coordinates our Antarctic research programme. Other research includes aerosol measurement and computer modelling. We also have a recent list of publications.