Sen Chiao, PhD


Dr. Chiao is the director of the NASA MIRO Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education (CAARE) in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University. CAARE is a NASA MUREP funded center established in 2015. Partner institutions with CARRE include: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC), University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), and Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI).

The main research thrusts include: Aerosol and its Impacts on Air Quality, Weather and Regional Climate; Urban heat island (UHI) and Climate Variability; Wildfire Impacts on Air Quality; and Public Health linkages to Air Quality, Weather and Climate. Undergrad and grad students will be involved in research activities. Summer short courses, internships and symposium will be held. If you are interested in the center activities, please contact me directly.

Courses I have taught including: Remote Sensing for Meteorology, Atmospheric Remote Sensing, Marine Meteorology, Numerical Weather Prediction, Mesoscale Meteorology, Intro. to Environmental Flow Modeling, and Planetary Boundary Layer Meteorology, Synoptic Meteorology and Weather Briefing.

I am continuously looking for energetic, creative people at all levels (undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists) to join my research group. I am always happy to discuss potential research projects. If you are interested in my research work, please contact me.

Research Interests

  • Air Quality
  • Ozone
  • Aerosols
  • Urban Heat Island
  • Regional Climate Modeling
  • Meso Tropical