For any nation, an understanding of weather and its impact is essential to everything from supporting agriculture to preparing for natural disasters. AER has supported these needs by enabling earlier, more accurate weather warnings that reduce risks to populations and property and enable more effective emergency response. AER has worked for – and with – a wide range of government organizations throughout the world on weather-related initiatives.

AER scientists have contributed to many innovations in weather science, including

Cloud depiction and forecasting

AER works with the U.S. Air Force and 557th Weather Wing (formerly AFWA) to generate state-of-the-art depictions and forecasts of global cloud cover to support combat operations, mission planning and reconnaissance.

AER is the developer of the Cloud Depiction and Forecast System – Version II (CDFS-II) science algorithms and led the Science Integrated Project Team (IPT).

AER’s cloud depiction and forecast data are used by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

AER has helped NASA by modeling deep ocean circulation and pressure as well as coastal ocean dynamics and storm surge.

Ocean dynamics and storm surge

Working with the Joint Center for Ocean Observing Technology (JCOOT) at the University of New Hampshire, AER has made it possible to improve the safety and efficiency of marine operations through coastal ocean observation.

AER scientists developed new techniques to separate atmospheric effects from ocean surface features using satellite imagery.

Seasonal climate forecasting

NOAA has partnered with AER to explore approaches that could improve the agency's seasonal Climate Forecast System (CFS) and its ability to predict seasonal weather patterns in the United States.

The Russian Federation engaged AER to provide the winter seasonal forecast, including average minimum temperatures under extreme weather conditions for 83 administrative centers in the Russian energy sector.

Weather prediction

The Hellenic National Meteorological Service turned to AER for high-resolution weather forecasts during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Severe storm warning

AER has enabled NOAA to improve the accuracy and timing of weather warnings for storms such as hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe winds, snow and ice, storm surge, and flooding.