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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Sea level rise
Connection of sea level and groundwater missing link in climate response
04/02/2018

About 250 million years ago, when the Earth had no ice caps and the water around the equator was too hot for reptiles, sea level still rose and fell over time. Now, an international team of researchers has developed a way to track sea-level rise and fall and to tease out what caused the changes in the absence of ice sheets.


Old Main
Wang, Zhang among six to receive Faculty Scholar Medals
04/02/2018

Six University faculty members have received 2018 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement -- John M. Carroll, distinguished professor of information sciences and technology; Neil Christensen, professor of pathology, and microbiology and immunology; Bernhard Luscher, professor of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology; Sandra Spanier, liberal arts professor of English; Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering; and Fuqing Zhang, professor of meteorology and atmospheric sciences.


Heather A. Conley
VP of bipartisan think tank to discuss 'The Kremlin Playbook' on March 29
03/25/2018

Heather A. Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic and director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., will deliver a lecture titled "The Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russia's New Generation Warfare" at 4 p.m. March 29 in Room 116 of the Lewis Katz Building on Penn State's University Park campus.


Kelly Nunez Ocasio
Graduate student's hurricane research driven by desire to help home
03/13/2018

It had been five days since Hurricane Maria made landfall with Puerto Rico, and Kelly Nunez Ocasio still hadn't heard from her father. Ocasio grew up on the island and weathered powerful storms before. Now a graduate student at Penn State studying how hurricanes form, all she could do was wait.


Close up of flowers in the tundra.
Spring is springing earlier in polar regions than across the rest of Earth
03/02/2018

For every 10 degrees north from the equator you move, spring arrives about four days earlier than it did a decade ago, according to researchers from Penn State, U.C. Davis and the University of Minnesota Duluth. This northward increase in the rate of springtime advance is roughly three times greater than what previous studies indicated.