L. Larrabee Strow

Research Professor of Physics

I lead the Atmospheric Spectroscopy Laboratory (ASL) group at UMBC. We are also affiliated with the UMBC/NASA Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET). Our research centers on the development and use of high-spectral resolution infrared satellite sounders. These relatively new instruments provide critical observational information to numerical weather prediction centers for preparing forecasts, while also providing new space-borne global measurements of various minor constituents (carbon monoxide, methane, dust, volcanic ash and sulpher dioxide, carbon dioxide). ASL participated in the development of all three existing hyperspectral sounders (AIRS, IASI, and CrIS), especially with regard to the pre- and post-launch calibration of the two U.S. instruments (AIRS, CrIS). Our current research centers on using these sensors for global measurements of climate change as well as development of new, smaller weather sounders.