Jet airplane landing at twilight

Weather Expertise

Applying scientific rigor to understand and predict atmospheric processes that generate weather hazards to aviation.

Focus Areas of Research


Summer and Winter Storms

Improving short-term forecasting of storm hazards affecting aviation
Wind Shear

Wind and Wind Shear

Wind shear detection and alerting


Predicting turbulence using operational numerical prediction models


Providing operational, high-resolution, accurate diagnoses and forecasts of aircraft icing conditions
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Ceiling and Visibility

Understanding and forecasting a critical barrier to aviation safety and terminal efficiency
Mount Agung erupting plume. During volcano eruption thousands of people was evacuated from dangerous zone because of the threat of explosive eruption and the danger of pyroclastic flows. Airline flights to Bali were canceled, Denpasar airport closed because of volcanic ash clouds in the air.

Volcanic Ash and Space Weather

A global threat to aviation
Aerial top down view of an airplane flying over blue sea

Climate Change

Aviation expertise for a changing climate


Please direct questions/comments about this page to:

Matthias Steiner

Director, Aviation Applications Program