The primary mission of this project was to develop a detailed understanding of climate variability and the source of persistent air pollutants in New England. The goal was to identify the causes of climate variability, predict air quality changes as an addition to daily weather forecasts, and to demonstrate new forecasting technologies.

  • Assessing Icing Conditions in the High Elevations of the Northeast

    Predicting the severity of icing conditions for aviation interests has been a challenge for decades, and increased interest in wind power in the Northeast brings a new motivation to improve our understanding of how icing conditions occur and to develop new techniques to forecast icing. A three year project, in collaboration with the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center, Plymouth State University, and NASA Langley, aims to observe and improve predictions of icing conditions in the Northeast.

  • Climate Change and Air Pollutant Impacts to New England’s Rare Alpine Zone

    Observatory researchers, in collaboration with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Plymouth State University, are assessing climate and air pollutant trends and their influence on New England’s high-elevation alpine ecosystems. Made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this work builds on the Observatory’s unique hourly climate record and the deployment of the Mount Washington Regional Mesonet, as well as the AMC’s long-term air quality and alpine ecosystem monitoring.

  • GroundWinds

    This LIDAR wind measurement system measured winds from the ground up to 40,000 feet by using a laser beam and sophisticated optical techniques. New England Air Quality Study 2002 The primary goal of this project was an improved understanding of the atmospheric processes that control the production and distribution of air pollutants in the New England region.