Facilities

Research and teaching facilities here are among the most advanced in the nation. There are 42 Sun/UNIX workstations and over 100 additional computers running either Windows, MacOS, Linux for the research and teaching programs. These computers provide access to real-time atmospheric observations from around the world including satellite, radar, surface, upper-air, model forecast and lightning detection data. A Network Appliance FAS 3020 and FAS 2040 (Dual controllers each, 80 TB usable capacity, dual parity protected raid arrays) provides our primary storage needs. The Unix computers run interactive software for display and manipulation of this data. The department also has access to the supercomputing facilities of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado for use in research projects of truly intense computational nature. The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences computational facilities are maintained and supported by two full time systems administrators who both have backgrounds, and graduate degrees, in Atmospheric Sciences.

The department's state of the art Weather Map Room provides convenient access to the data, and facilitates both formal and informal discussions. The department also has a computational server that is capable of running atmospheric simulations, programs and software for support of research and instruction. These facilites are available to both graduate and undergraduate students who are participating in either course work, research or forecasting.

In addition to excellent on-campus research laboratories and computer facilities, we operate several field stations. One such station, operated by ASRC, is atop Whiteface Mountain just north of Lake Placid, NY. This facility provides long-term observation of atmospheric chemical species, cloud properties, acid precipitation, aerosol content and other environmental parameters used in various ongoing investigations. An atmospheric observatory (Mohawk Tower) is available on campus for use in research projects undertaken by ASRC scientists, DAES faculty and students. This observatory, which recently has been extensively refurbished, commands a 360 deg view of the surrounding area from the 23rd floor of Indian Quad dormitory.

The Fluid Inclusion Laboratory, located in ES-350, was established in 2001 with equipment acquired on long-term loan from the Department of Geology at the University of Vermont. It contains a Fluid Inc. heating/freezing stage, a Nikon Optiphot binocular transmitted light microscope, a Doric Trendicator 410A digital temperature readout, a Javelin JE3362 TV camera, and a Sony PVM-1390 color video monitor.The Fluid Inclusion Laboratory is managed by Stephen S. Howe, Research Geochemist and Instrumentation Support Specialist. The lab is occasionally available for use by researchers within and outside the University at Albany. Interested users should contact Stephen S. Howe at this E-Mail for instrument availability.

The Geochemistry Laboratory, located in ES-342, is also used for both research and teaching. It was renovated in 1999 by faculty and students, with funds from an NSF CCLI grant which included matching funds from the Department and the University. It contains Dionex DX-120 and ICS-90 ion chromatographs and an AS-40 autosampler, as well as two fume hoods, glassware, drying ovens, balances, and other standard equipment.

The rock saw and thin section preparation laboratories (ES-B08) contain several rock saws of various sizes, as well as polishing equipment.