UW researchers receive grant to study night storms

Nov 25, 2013

The University of Wyoming has received a grant to expand the research capabilities of its King Air research airplane.

The National Science Foundation awarded the Department of Atmospheric Science $1.2 million and UW matched the grant with an additional $515,000 to develop and build an advanced remote sensing instrument.

Professor Zhien Wang is part of the team that will work with the instrumentation. He says the first project will be to study night storms, for better weather forecasting.

“You need to understand which kinds of processes are responsible for storming. If you know it now you can better forecast,” Wang says.

Wang says the team has many other projects in mind and that the King Air will also be available to other researchers.