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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Jon Nese interviews Charles Hosler about the early days of weather forecasting at Penn State
Dean emeritus Charles Hosler says biggest legacy was helping others succeed

Charles Hosler, dean of Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) from 1965-85, is credited with continuing the transition of the college from its longtime mineral extraction and processing focus to one comprising experts of the entire Earth system.

Weather map
Sky is clearing for using AI to probe weather variability

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies may help scientists better understand weather and weather variability. As the climate changes, this may help prepare people for changes in their region's weather patterns, and better preparedness could save money and lives.

Penn State researchers are studying privacy and national security concerns regarding data from satellites.
Privacy law scholars must address potential for nasty satellite data surprises

Fitness apps and other smart devices embedded with GPS satellite chips and other sensors may use satellite data to help users stay fit and healthy, but, according to Penn State and Penn State Dickinson Law researchers, they unwittingly open a gateway to privacy-related legal and ethical headaches and are a repeated source of national security threats.

Kelly Nunez-Ocasio
Graduate student receives award for hurricane research

Kelly Nunez-Ocasio, who studies how hurricanes form at Penn State, presented her award-winning talk at the Seventh Symposium on the Madden-Julian Oscillation and Sub-Seasonal Monsoon Variability, which was held recently in Phoenix

Fuqing Zhang
Fuqing Zhang named 2019 distinguished professors at Penn State

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named Fuqing Zhang, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, a distinguished professors for 2019.