Forecasting the weather is important to many areas of the New Mexico economy, including agriculture & forestry, renewable energy, and travel & tourism. With better models we can improve local forecasts, and better predict extreme events, and assess climate change.
Better understanding of weather and climate requires improved models and better data collection. Improved models need a more in-depth understanding of the physics, while better data will require more observations of both surface and upper air.
Our group is very active in improving weather models through a better understanding of convection and water-cycle processes; increasing the number of surface weather stations and the number of upper air observations is one of our long-term goals.