The mission of atmospheric research at ARIAL is to create a multidisciplinary research environment to develop and apply techniques of basic applied physics, mathematics, chemistry and other related sciences in a way as to make atmospheric science an issue of significant economic importance.
- Air Pollution Research
- Upper Atmospheric Physics & Chemistry
- Climate Change Variability/Change and Mitigation/Adaptation Assessment
- Biosphere-Atmosphere Interaction
- Computational science & Model Development
- Several Pentium IV Computer Systems with an overall storage capacity in excess of 1 Terabit (TB). The target plan is to expand the effective storage to approximately 5 TB by 2005.
- Regional Climate Model (RegCM3) from the Physics of Weather and Climate Group of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),Trieste, Italy
- Atmospheric Mesoscale Dispersion Models (e.g. The MIUU Model from the Uppsala University),
- Database Development Tools
- Air Pollution Sampling Equipment (Carbon Monoxide Analyser, total atmospheric deposition gauges).
Air Pollution Surveillance
- The current activities include the determination of: Lagos, Ile-Ife, Calabar, Warri/Ugheli, Shagamu/Ewekoro and other urban/rural locations.
- Indoor PM10 Assessment and impact on lung functions in urban households in Ile-Ife.
- The current activities include the determination of GHG, criteria and toxic air pollutants emission in Nigeria. Some specific activities include: 1988 to 2000 (the only study in Nigeria).
Regional Climate Modelling
- Statistical Downscaling (undertaken in Partnership with the International Research Institute in Climate Prediction (IRI), School of Earth Sciences, University of Columbia, Palisades, NY).
- Dynamical Downscaling (Proposed for 2004/2005).
- The Laboratory has just signed a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Ministry of Aviation for a 3-year research collaboration covering the subject of atmospheric science and global change.