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.
Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences and director of Penn State's Earth System Science Center, is the 2018 recipient of the American Geophysical Union's Climate Communication Prize.
Warren Washington became the second African-American nationwide to earn a doctoral degree in meteorology when he received his degree from Penn State in 1964, but his ties to the University extend beyond that.
Climate science is a field devoted to the study of Earth's climate in the past, present and future. Understanding the Earth's future climate is vital, and in response Penn State has established a new dual-title doctoral program in climate science.
Penn State will host a panel discussion on climate change topics related to Earth observations, Earth system modeling and policy on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Freeman Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Panel discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session.