CSU awarded $7.5M by U.S. Navy to study aerosol properties on coasts

Tuesday November 3, 2015 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, CSU, CIRA, Steve Miller, Sue van den Heever, Sonia Kreidenweis, Milija Zupanski, MURI


FORT COLLINS -- The Office of Naval Research has awarded Colorado State University researchers $7.5 million to characterize and analyze aerosol properties in coastal and offshore regions, CSU announced.CSU_logoUSE_1

The five-year award, called a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), will support scientists at CSU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and the Department of Atmospheric Science.

Scientists are studying the “littoral” zone, which includes coastal areas closest to shore.

CSU said understanding aerosol properties in the littoral zone has several key impacts for the Navy, including aircraft operations, security and special operations and – most important – the propagation of electromagnetic radiation, including the use of shipboard laser systems.

CIRA Deputy Director Steve Miller is MURI’s principal investigator. Others working on the project include Sue van den Heever, Sonia Kreidenweis and Milija Zupanski.

The team will work closely with the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, Calif. to couple their basic research findings with the needs of operational end-users, CSU said.

Others working on the project include the University of North Dakota, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The research is expected to benefit not only the Navy’s operations but also the forecasting and atmospheric community at large, CSU said.