The mission of Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes is to conduct research to understand the physics and dynamics of atmospheric processes through the use of satellite, aircraft and surface-based remote sensing observations and computer-based simulations. Development of advanced remote sensing instrumentation (primarily lidar) and techniques to measure meteorological parameters in the troposphere is an important focus. Key areas of investigation are cloud and precipitation systems and their environments from the scale of individual clouds and thunderstorms through mesoscale convective systems and cyclonic storms, and up to the scale of the impact of these systems on regional and global climate. The processes of the interaction of the atmosphere with the land and ocean surface beneath it are also of high priority. The staff consists of approximately 75 people, including 17 civil servants, post-doctoral personnel and individuals associated with private companies. Approximately 42 members have Ph.D.'s and most others have Master's degrees in the Atmospheric Sciences or related fields.
Research may be broadly categorized into these areas: