Our comprehensive scientific instrumentation enables the collection of a wide range of in situ atmospheric and climatological data.

For more information about our equipment, contact Professor Hamish McGowan

Radar and Lidar instruments

We operate Australia's first mobile dual-polarised weather radar. This solid state X band radar built by Furuno Electric Co is configured as a mobile system for observing high-impact weather, including thunderstorms, flooding rain and wildfire plumes. The system is also capable of long-term deployments due to the radar's low-power requirements and custom solar/battery system. We also maintain a METEK micro rain radar sensor and Vaisala ceilometers.

UQ-XPOL radar deployed for thunderstorm research in Gatton, QLD

UQ-XPOL radar deployed for bushfire research in Mt Bolton, VIC

Vaisala CL31 ceilometer

Micrometeorology systems

We operate a range of micrometeorological sensors. Turbulent fluxes of energy, momentum, water vapour and carbon dioxide can be measured with Campbell Scientific sonic anemometers and gas analysers, and the inclusion of ancillary sensors allows for the deployment of full eddy covariance units mounted on floating pontoons, tripods or telescopic masts up to heights of 17 metres. A range of Kipp and Zonen radiometers are also used to enable energy balance studies.

EC system configured for swamp deployment on Bribie Island, QLD

EC system configured for energy balance work in the Snowy Mountains, NSW

EC system deployed on pontoon offshore of Heron Island, QLD

Profiling systems

We operate a variety of instrumentation for observing the vertical profiles of the atmosphere. Instruments include a mobile, rugged radiosonde system by GRAW for meteorological balloon releases, a kite profiler and a Scintec SODAR-RASS system for continuous profiling. This instrumentation can be deployed for static or mobile profiling requirements.

SODAR and RASS deployed for sea breeze profiling

Radiosonde release for bushfire research

Blimp profiler at Diamantina National Park, QLD

Surface Stations

Several automated weather station types are maintained by the group. These can be operated in either a static or mobile configuration on a variety of platforms. Sensors include Campbell Scientific, Vaisala, R. M. Young, Onset and Davis. The CRG also operates high volume aerosol samplers, minivol samplers and trace gas analysers.

Weather station deployed in rural Southeast Queensland to monitor sea breeze activity.

Weather station deployed for fohen research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Modelling and Labs

We run atmospheric models including:

  • The Air Pollution Model (TAPM)
  • The Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF).

Our extensive laboratory facilities support our research into the reconstruction of past climates, including analytical geochemistry and the analysis of stable isotopes, pollen, charcoal and dust archives extracted from sediment cores.

Paleoclimatology research in the Kimberly region of Western Australia