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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“The Most Unknown” is an innovative documentary that explores some of the universe’s toughest questions.
Penn State to screen film that takes unique approach to science storytelling

"The Most Unknown," a feature-length documentary that follows nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world, to be screened 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Pike Auditorium, 22 BBH (Biobehavioral Health Building) on the University Park campus. 

A team of Penn State researchers are first to use satellite data from the GOES-16 satellite to forecast tornadic thunderstorms.
New weather model could increase tornado-warning times

Penn State researchers are the first to use data obtained from recent next-generation satellites in a numerical weather-prediction model used to provide guidance for tornadic thunderstorm forecasting.

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Professor expands scope of data science techniques in new book

For some, publishing a book is a lifetime achievement. For John Harlim, professor of mathematics and meteorology at Penn State and an Institute for CyberScience (ICS) co-hire, it is similar to reviewing his last decade of research.

Greg Forbes, 1972 graduate of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Meteorologist Greg Forbes among 14 Penn Staters honored with Alumni Fellow Award

The Penn State Alumni Association will recognize 14 graduates on Oct. 3 with the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Alumni Association. 

Fall Research Unplugged speaker series to offer weekly talks starting Oct. 4
Fall Research Unplugged speaker series to offer weekly talks starting Oct. 4

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversation with Penn State researchers, returns to Schlow Centre Region Library in October.