LA (Laboratoire d’Aérologie)
LA - UMR 5560 | CNRS - UPS Toulouse III
14 avenue Edouard Belin 31400 Toulouse
Tel : 33 (0) 561 332 767 - Fax : 33 (0) 561 332 790
Director : Frank Roux
The Aerology Laboratory is dedicated to observing, modelling and understanding the dynamic and physicochemical processes that shape the evolution of the atmosphere and coastal oceans. In addition to the main premises at OMP Toulouse, the Centre de Recherches atmosphériques (CRA), at Campistrous near Lannemezan, hosts an array of atmosphere measurement instruments (ground stations, instrumented tower, wind profilers, weather radars, radiometers).
The staff comprises 38 permanent researchers (CNAP, CNRS, UPS), 33 engineers/technicians/administrative agents (CNRS, UPS), 10 postdoctoral fellows, and 15 PhD students.
Dynamics and physics of the troposphere
Planetary boundary layer, precipitation systems, electric activity, medium-scale atmospheric flows
Physicochemistry of the troposphere
Biosphere-atmosphere interactions, heterogeneous chemistry, aerosols, pollution, cycle of ozone and its precursors
Study of dynamic processes, relations with biogeochemistry and ocean-atmosphere coupling
INSU-endorsed observation services
- IDAF (study of wet and dry depositions in Africa)
- MOZAIC-IAGOS (measurement of ozone and water vapour by Airbus in-service aircraft)
- PAES (synoptic-scale atmospheric pollution)
INSU-endorsed service tasks (tâches de service)
A non-hydrostatic model simulating mesoscale atmospheric flows (in collaboration with Météo-France CNRM).
SIROCCO, including SYMPHONIE
A numerical coastal oceanography model covering a little-explored field between deep-sea and littoral-zone studies (in collaboration with LEGOS).