Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research

About LAR

The Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR) is a multidisciplinary group focused on air quality graduate education and research. The LAR emphasizes research related to Biosphere/Atmosphere Interactions and Regional Air Quality Measurements and Modeling. Specific areas of research include Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOC) in the Atmosphere, Regional Air Quality Modeling, Regional Particulate Matter (PM), Space-Based Air Pollution Measurements, Emissions of Global Greenhouse Gases, and Pollutant Transport & Dispersion. Research projects are conducted in these areas at locations extending from the Pacific Northwest across the U.S. and around the globe.


Faculty and Staff

LAR faculty and research staff bring a wide range of expertise to the Environmental Engineering program. Their cumulative experience includes numerical modeling and forecasting of air quality and global climate change, biosphere/atmosphere interactions, and instrument development—just to name a few. To learn more, please visit our faculty page.


Students and Curriculum

  • Currently 9 PhD and 2 MS students
  • Student Awards: EPA STAR Fellowship, AWMA Graduate Fellowship, numerous Best Paper awards
  • Undergraduate courses: meteorology, air pollution measurements, air pollution control, Tier III global climate change
  • Graduate courses: meteorology, air pollution measurements, air pollution control, atmospheric chemistry, air quality modeling, radiative transfer, and atmospheric aerosols
  • Participant in WSU Environmental Science Program (cross-listed courses, advisors to ESRP students)
  • Participants in WSU IGERT Proposal and University of Michigan IGERT Proposal
  • For more information, see Students


Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research

  • Cooperative programs with the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of New Hampshire, the Montana Institute of Technology, University of Washington, Purdue University, Aerodyne Research, Inc., and the National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Founding participants of WSU Center for Environmental, Sediment and Aquatic Research (CESAR)
  • Founding participants of WSU Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO)
  • Cooperative WSU programs with Animal Sciences, Botany, Crops and Soils, USDA-ARS
  • Participant in the Pacific Northwest Modeling Consortium


External Research Funding

  • National Science Foundation, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy
  • Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Transportation, SAPCA, SWAPCA
  • 4.5 million dollars over the past 5 years



LAR alum Jorge Jimenez in Chile
LAR alumnus Jorge Jimenez in Chile

LAR alumni are excellent representatives of Washington State University with successful careers in academia, industry, and government agencies. Presently, our alumni hold faculty positions at the:

  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Alaska at Fairbanks
  • Montana Institute for Technology
  • New Mexico Institute for Technology
  • South Dakota Institute for Mining and Technology

Our alumni serve as research scientists at the:

  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Norwegian Institute for Air Research
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