Dr. Richard Collins

My primary interest is the meteorology of the middle and upper atmosphere and the remote sensing of this region. Working with students at the Lidar Research Lab at Poker Flat Research Range, I develop and operate laser radar (lidar) systems to probe the atmosphere yielding measurements of temperature, density and concentration of species. We also develop the analysis tools for studying these measurements and associated data sets. These studies include the following topics; the aeronomy of the summer polar atmosphere and noctilucent clouds, the thermal structure of the stratosphere and mesosphere, variability and waves in the middle atmosphere, and the impact of the aurora on the upper atmosphere. I have also participated in studies of forest fires, volcanic aerosols, and fish. I teach "Weather and Climate of Alaska" (ATM101) and "Atmospheric Radiation" (ATM613), as well as courses on the meteorology of the middle atmosphere and environmental measurement systems.

 

Research

Meteorology of the middle and upper atmosphere and the remote sensing of this region.
Laser remote sensing