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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Jim Steenburgh
Science communication focus of 2017 Lattman Lecture given by meteorology alumnus
10/03/2017

Jim Steenburgh, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah and Penn State alumnus, will give the 2017 Lattman Visiting Scholar of Science and Society Lecture. His talk, titled "Communicating Science in the 21st Century: Personal and Political Challenges and Opportunities," will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum on the ground floor of Deike Building. The event is free and open to the public.


Michael Mann
Mann to receive James H. Shea Award for climate science writing
09/28/2017

Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State, will receive the James H. Shea Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.


The 2017 GEMS Industry Forum, “Balancing our Energy Future,” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.
Forum to focus on energy opportunities and challenges
09/25/2017

The 2017 GEMS Industry Forum, "Balancing our Energy Future," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 in 114 Steidle Building on the University Park campus. There will be a reception held before the forum at 6 p.m. in the Steidle Building lobby.


Balloons entering storm
Researchers take tips from 'Twister' to chase elusive storm data
09/20/2017

Some great ideas are born out of years of painstaking research. Others are gleaned from the plotline of the movie "Twister."


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.