Micrometeorology involves study and research of atmospheric processes that operate on spatial scales of around 1000 m or less and temporal scales of seconds to minutes.
Within AORG our micrometeorology focuses on research of Earth surface (land & water) – atmosphere interactions involving the transfers of heat, moisture, momentum and trace gases including CO2. Here our group leads research using the Eddy Covariance method to quantify these exchanges of energy over different surface types to develop understanding of how different surface types and changes therein may impact atmospheric processes at larger scales including our daily weather. This research has included fieldwork on the Great Barrier Reef (Heron Island), coastal wetlands, arid desert landscapes and over the marginal snowpack in the Australian Alps.
Pontoon deployment off Heron Island, Queensland
Swamp deployment at Bribie Island, Queensland