Atmospheric releases of hazardous materials, either accidental or intentional, pose a viable threat to both United States citizens, as well as to citizens and troops abroad.  To counter this threat, RAL is actively researching and developing novel techniques and systems that can more accurately simulate the atmospheric state and evolution of the released material in both time and space. The capability to model and visualize source dispersion and the effects is critical for planning, real-time response, and forensic purposes.

Focus Areas of Research


Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Data Assimilation

Providing Decision Makers Real-Time Knowledge of the Atmosphere

Transport and Dispersion (T&D) and Sensor Data Fusion

Intelligently Combining Numerical Models and Sensor Information to Provide Improved Hazard Prediction and Assessment


Scott Swerdlin

Director, National Security Applications Program