The Center of Excellence in Weather & Climate Analytics (COE-WxCA) includes PhD-level faculty and staff research experts from the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), the Department of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences (DAES), and the New York State Mesonet. Combined, the groups constitute one of the largest concentrations of atmospheric science experts in the United States. In early 2021, ASRC, DAES and the Mesonet are poised to move into their new home within the University at Albany’s new Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC). ETEC will also house the University’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), bringing together extreme weather prediction, risk management, and emergency response experts to tackle New York’s ever increasing severe weather occurrences and devastation.
The goal of ETEC is to bolster innovation and technology transfer whereby advances in weather and climate research and development are brought to market through partnerships with public and private business entities. "This new complex will help keep New York on the cutting edge of technological innovation, as well as help ensure we are prepared for emerging threats, such as extreme weather and terrorism that are increasingly becoming the new normal," New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
Research and development within this Center of Excellence leverages expertise across several scientific areas, including: atmospheric science, environmental science, physics, computer science, mathematics, and engineering. This multidisciplinary research and development approach, coupled with partnerships in the public and private sector, serves to make New York safer, more prepared, and more resilient to extreme weather events.