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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Paul Knight, former Pennsylvania State Climatologist, left, and Fred Gadomski, assistant research professor in meteorology
'Weather World' turns 35

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science's television program "Weather World" is turning 35.

Texas flooding
New dual-title doctoral degree in climate science launched

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.

Climate change panel
Panel of climate experts to discuss climate change on Sept. 5

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.

James Clapper at CSRE event
Security Center announces seed grant opportunities for Penn State researchers

The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State is announcing its 2018-2019 Seed Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply in the fall 2018 semester by Nov. 1, or in the spring 2019 semester by Feb. 15.

Maria Morales, in the Department of Physics at the University of Puerto Rico, looked at the impacts of sea surface temperatures
Undergraduates get taste for research at Penn State through NSF program

 A dozen students from around the nation recently wrapped up their summer research projects in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, funded through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates(REU) program.