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.



Portrait of Jun Wang

Jun Wang, PhD

Assistant Director, Iowa Technology Institute
Director, Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab
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

Portrait of Jun Wang

University of Iowa researchers selected to aid NASA mission

Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Corridor Business Journal
Jun Wang, assistant director of the Iowa Technology Institute, was named the principal investigator for two NASA grants worth $1.56 million. NASA’s TEMPO mission, set to launch this year, is intended to revolutionize air quality forecasting. TEMPO, which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring Pollution, is a space-based ultraviolet and visible spectrometer scheduled to be launched into space aboard a commercial satellite — after nearly ten years of planning — before the year is over.
TEMPO Satellite

UI professor awarded $1.56 million to aid NASA’s TEMPO mission

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
University of Iowa Technology Institute
University of Iowa researchers specializing in atmospheric sciences were selected to aid NASA’s TEMPO mission that’s set to launch this year. TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring Pollution) is intended to revolutionize air quality forecasting.