United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

John Cassano

Full Professor
University of Colorado
National Snow and Ice Data Center; Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences; Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Research Interests
The Cassano research group studies the weather and climate of the polar regions to better understand the processes that link the atmosphere to the underlying ocean, sea ice, ice sheet and land surfaces. We conduct field work in both polar regions using autonomous observing systems (e.g. unmanned aerial systems (UAS)) to observe the polar atmospheric boundary layer. We use satellite and reanalysis data and output from weather and climate models to assess the impact of synoptic and mesoscale weather systems on the polar climate system. We synthesize our understanding of polar climate through the development and application of regional climate models.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
McMurdo Station
Field camp - fixed wing access
Research Keywords
meteorology, climate, boundary layer, climate modeling, autonomous observing systems
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Other NSF Antarctic Programs
Antarctic Integrated System Science
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Physical Sciences Group
Current SCAR Group Participation
US representative in physical sciences group