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Subfield Codes of Atmospheric Sciences

Codes of Domain

Research Themes



Atmospheric and Climate Dynamics

Use either theoretical analyses or numerical simulations to investigate the principles of atmospheric motion and thermodynamic mechanisms, so as to understand their roles in weather and climate phenomena.


Numerical Analysis and Prediction

Develop and apply atmospheric model for simulating dynamical, physical or chemical processes in the atmosphere, as well as to facilitate weather and climate forecasting.


Weather Analysis and Forecasting

Investigate weather phenomena and abrupt changes (on a timescale of a few days) based on meteorological observations; apply the found principles to improve weather forecast.


Climate Variations

Study the low-frequency changes in atmospheric circulation, including intra-seasonal inter-annual and decadal variabilities, monsoon and climate change, as well as interactions of atmosphere with land, ocean and other climate sub-systems.


Atmospheric Physics

Investigate physical processes in the atmosphere, including cloud microphysics, precipitation formation, atmospheric radiation and radiative transfer, cloud-radiation interactions, as well as their effect on weather and climate.


Atmospheric Chemistry

Study the chemical conversion and transport of atmospheric compositions through laboratory experiments, field measurements and numerical simulations, focusing on issues like air pollution, and atmosphere-biosphere interactions, to understand current and future conditions of atmospheric environment.


Boundary Layer Meteorology

Focus mainly on the physical processes occurred with the bottom 1 km of the troposphere that is strongly influenced by surface friction.  Processes investigated include the near-surface turbulence structures, energy and mass transport vertical fluxes, and their implication in problems of air pollution and agriculture meteorology.


Middle and Upper Atmosphere

Investigate physical and chemical phenomena occurred in the stratosphere and the atmosphere above (e.g., ionosphere, magnetosphere, and outer space), using advanced space instruments such as satellite, sounding rockets, and ground remote sensing, as well as theoretical analysis and numerical simulations.


Atmospheric Remote Sensing

Apply satellite and airborne remote-sensing instruments for observing changes in global atmosphere, ocean and land in systematic and efficient ways, in order to timely derive key meteorological parameters (such as temperature, moisture, wind fields and precipitation) for use in weather and climate analyses as well as for improving weather forecasts and model verification.

Last Modified : 2015/11/19