Atmospheric Research

Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

The weather and the atmosphere have a tremendous impact on business and industry, governments, and societies, and researchers in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science aim to better understand this dynamic set of systems. From modeling the intricacies of snowfall to understanding how tornadoes and hurricanes take shape to detailing the atmospheric chemistry of the rainforest, researchers cover the gamut of the interactions between the atmosphere and the land.

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Chris Forest has been named a Senior Fellow for Project Drawdown
Professor of climate dynamics named Project Drawdown Senior Fellow

Chris Forest, professor of climate dynamics at Penn State, has been named a Senior Fellow for Project Drawdown. Senior Fellows are "systems thinkers,experts in their field and Drawdown Ambassadors to the world." He is the first Penn Stater to receive the honor.

Penn State meteorology and atmospheric science students appeared before government officials to present class findings
Penn State students hit the road to investigate greenhouse gas emissions

Penn State student Colton Milcarek recently loaded a suitcase-sized instrument into a car and set out across State College to sniff out potential greenhouse gas leaks.

Penn State students hike a glacier in Iceland as part of the GREEN Program.
Participation in the GREEN Program inspires EMS students to become ambassadors

Before studying abroad through the GREEN Program, Jacob Kaminski didn't have a clear vision of how he could address sustainability challenges around the world. But his study abroad trips to Iceland and Japan radically expanded his perspective.

A plane used for monitoring methane levels sits on a runway
Measuring methane from coal and gas in Pennsylvania informative

While methane pollution caused by natural gas production in Pennsylvania is underestimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, natural gas still has half the carbon footprint of underground coal mining, according to an international team of researchers.

Warren and Mary Washington pose for photos at the entrance to the newly named Warren M. Washington Building
The Warren M. Washington Building dedication ceremony

Penn State officially changed the name of Building 328 at Innovation Park to The Warren M. Washington Building during a dedication ceremony held May 17.