Mission Areas


Research Topics

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous systems
  • Data analytics
  • Earth system modeling
  • Photonics/optical sensors
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Sensors
  • UAV research
  • Wireless communication

The Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) Lab, formerly known as the ARROMA Lab, studies the impacts of aerosol pollution on air quality, weather, and climate. Research approaches include satellite remote sensing and use of numerical models to study atmospheric composition, agriculture, Earth systems, and climate change.



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Jun Wang, PhD

Assistant Director, Iowa Technology Institute
Director, Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab
Interim DEO, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
James E. Ashton Professor of Engineering

Featured Research

Forest Fire Detection and Visibility

Smart and Connected Low-Cost Environmental Sensors

Unified Linearized Vector Radiative Transfer Model

AER Lab News

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Univ. of Iowa student highlights importance of engineering research

Friday, February 23, 2024
Cheryl Reuben is an undergraduate research assistant in the Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab.
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UI professor’s work now in space, monitoring air quality on Earth

Friday, January 5, 2024
Just after midnight on April 7 along the eastern coast of Florida, Jun Wang saw a blinding light burst across a harbor, followed by a mighty roar. It was a SpaceX rocket lifting off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and starting its ascent into space. With his wife and two of his kids by his side, Wang watched the rocket climb higher and higher into the inky sky — carrying years of his research with it.