Welcome to the Miller Lab
Our research area is called micrometeorology - "meteorology" because atmospheric motions are a key component of our work, and "micro" reflects a focus on the relatively thin layer (tens of meters) of the atmosphere just above land or water. Our research is field-oriented, meaning that we deploy scientific instruments in field settings, including forests, lakes and rivers, and the ocean.
We are interested in Surface Exchange Processes, or the way that things like heat, momentum, and trace gases (e.g., CO2) are transferred between the earth's surface and the atmosphere. These fluxes are driven to a large degree by atmospheric turbulence, and we measure them directly using techniques such as eddy covariance. These data can be used to improve the understanding of processes controlling surface exchange. These results can then feed into climate models used to address questions about current and future biogeochemical cycles and climate.
Our research covers a broad range of topics that has involved collaborations with physical and chemical oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, limnologists, and meteorologists.
For descriptions of these projects, and links to publications, presentations, and data sets, surf the lab's web pages.
For an overview of micrometeorology, see Wikipedia: Microscale Meteorology.
For a description of eddy covariance, see Wikipedia: Eddy Covariance.