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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Emmy
WPSU Penn State production wins prestigious Mid-Atlantic Emmy
09/11/2017

 A WPSU production that explores the legacy of a Penn State weather show that provides students firsthand broadcasting experience has earned a prestigious Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. WPSU's "SciTech Now: Weather World - A Lasting Legacy" earned recognition in the chapter's weather category for best news single story or series. 


Caroline Normile
Fellowship allows graduate student to follow mom's footsteps into public service
09/11/2017

After defending her dissertation in August, meteorology graduate student Caroline Normile entered public service in September to share her scientific perspective in a U.S. Congress member's office, through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program.


Dr. Blackadar
Blackadar continues to contribute to meteorology department through scholarship
09/07/2017

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science is highlighting the career of former department head Alfred K. Blackadar and his continuing contributions to learning through the Al and Betty Blackadar Graduate Scholarship in Meteorology.


Virginia Marcon, a doctoral candidate in geosciences and co-president of the group WE ARE for Science, talks to children.
WE ARE for Science fields questions from inquiring kids, adults at Grange Fair
09/05/2017

As rows of tents dotted the countryside, the Grange Fair offered a chance to get back to more simple times. But for members of the group WE ARE for Science, it was a chance to shape the future of science policy, education and public outreach. About 40 members of the group recently spent a day at the fair fielding questions from kids and parents alike, in areas such as astronomy, entomology and geosciences at their "Ask a Scientist" event.


Field research
Institutes of Energy and the Environment seed grant recipients announced
08/04/2017

The 2017 Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grants have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. Thirteen grants totaling more than $312,000 have been awarded to 42 researchers that addressed four of IEE's five research themes: Climate and Ecosystem Change, Future Energy Supply, Smart Energy Systems, and Water and Biogeochemical Cycles.