The Earth's atmosphere from space

Atmospheric processes

Understanding atmospheric processes and their role in the climate system
The Jet Stream

Climate dynamics

Investigating atmospheric circulation from the surface to the upper stratosphere and its role in climate variability and change
Albedo effect in degassing volcano

Climate processes

Our research addresses physical climate processes in the context of anthropogenic perturbations to the Earth system as the underlying cause of climate change with an overall focus on the role of clouds and aerosols.
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Earth Observation Data Group

The principal focus of EODG is the retrieval of atmospheric properties (e.g. temperature, pressure, trace gas concentrations, aerosol and cloud properties) from data gathered by Earth Observing satellites.
Visual appearance of hot Jupiter atmospheres with different temperatures or cloud types as calculated by the SPARC/MITgcm atmospheric circulation model.

Exoplanet atmospheres

Comparing models and observations to understand exoplanet atmospheres.
Artist impression of an exoplanet and its host star

Exoplanets and Stellar Physics

Detecting, characterising and modelling exoplanets and their host stars
Jets and vortices

Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

We study and research fluid-dynamical phenomena and processes that occur in geophysical and astrophysical systems, such as planetary atmospheres and oceans, stars, accretion disks and interstellar gas clouds.
Melt ponds on sea ice.

Ice and Fluid Dynamics

Environmental fluid dynamics, applied to sea ice, ice sheets and ocean interactions.
ocean eddies

Physical oceanography

Physics of the circulation and structure of the global ocean and its impacts on climate
Image of Saturn from NASA Cassini

Planetary atmosphere observation analysis

Atmospheric observation data analysis of planets.
Concept map for Planetary Climate Dynamics

Planetary Climate Dynamics

Processes governing planetary climate and its evolution over time
Enceladus' Damascus Sulcus. This image was generated by combining high resolution images of Enceladus acquired in August 2008 at 12 to 30 meters (40 to 100 feet) resolution with a topographic map.

Planetary surfaces

Investigating the surfaces of (primarily airless) bodies in our solar system.
Lorenz demonstrated, with skill, The chaos of heatwave and chill: Tornadoes in Texas Are formed by the flexes Of butterflies’ wings in Brazil (Peter Lynch, University College Dublin)

Predictability of weather and climate

Predictions of weather and climate are inherently uncertain: initial conditions can never be known perfectly, and our weather and climate simulators are necessarily imperfect representations of the underlying laws of physics. Given this, how can we quanti
Solar System shown with the planets shown in approximately the right size relative to one another.

Solar system

Research interests in planetary bodies throughout the solar system and beyond.
Diagrams of the CIRS instrument and its position on board the Cassini spacecraft

Space instrumentation

Space Instrumentation Development