The Severe Storms Research Center (SSRC) was established at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) after a task force formed by Georgia's governor recommended creating an organization to coordinate the state's severe weather forecasting, with funding from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the State of Georgia. SSRC is a focal point for severe storm research in Georgia.
SSRC is actively engaged in developing alternative methods of detecting and forecasting severe local storms, exploring improvements to existing storm prediction and sensor technology and researching the influence of climate change on severe local storms.
GTRI researchers have an array of specialized systems measuring conventional meteorological parameters (temperature, humidity, pressure, wind, etc.), atmospheric electric fields and sferics, and raindrop size distribution. The research team is also actively engaged in lightning channel detection, infrasound capture, and optical spectra and gamma ray detection.
The SSRC research team collaborates with faculty from the Georgia Tech School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and provides real-world research opportunities for the school's students.