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.

Programs Offered


Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated

While most climate scientists, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, implicitly define "pre-industrial" to be in the late 1800's, a true non-industrially influenced baseline is probably further in the past, according to an international team of researchers who are concerned because it affects the available carbon budget for meeting the 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) warming limit agreed to in the Paris Conference of 2015.

Weather Challenge team
EMS continues weather forecasting dominance, earns sixth straight national honor

Predicting the weather is a challenge, but predicting who will win the national WxChallenge isn't nearly as hard. Penn State's WxChallenge team continues to dominate the 20-week weather forecasting competition, recently earning its sixth straight top finish.

Chuck Pavloski
Seminar to discuss choosing the best supercomputer for your research

Chuck Pavloski, R&D engineer for earth sciences at the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), will offer a seminar entitled "Big Decision: Choosing Your HPC Resources Wisely" to the Penn State research community. The free seminar will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. August 10 in W203 Millennium Science Complex.

Downtown Pittsburgh
Mayor's action plan, WPSU documentary highlight climate change in Pittsburgh

The Penn State Center Pittsburgh will host a screening of the WPSU documentary "Managing Risk in a Changing Climate" and a panel discussion featuring climate experts and Pittsburgh stakeholders from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 13 at the Energy Innovation Center, located at 1435 Bedford Avenue, in Pittsburgh.

Jon Nese, senior lecturer and associate head for undergraduate programs in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science interviewing Charles Hosler, professor emeritus of meteorology and dean emeritus of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, about the June 1957 weather forecast.
Celebrating 60 years of Penn State TV weather broadcasts

The year is 1957. The average cost of a gallon of gas is 24 cents. American Bandstand began airing on ABC in August. Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union in October. June 1957 is also when Penn State produced its first TV weather broadcast, and this month marks the 60th anniversary of televised weather broadcasts by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.