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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Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

The 2017-18 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have recently been awarded to 16 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. This year nearly $350,000 have been awarded to more than 40 researchers in five colleges at University Park as well as at four campuses.

Filming Glovers Reef for the documentary "Chasing Coral."
Free screening of award-winning documentary 'Chasing Coral' at Penn State

A free screening of the documentary "Chasing Coral" will be shown on Feb. 28, in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library on the University Park campus. A panel discussion by Penn State scientists will follow the screening.

 Jose D. Fuentes received the American Meteorological Society’s outstanding achievement in biometeorology.
Faculty, alumni honored for commitment to meteorology at annual conference

Members of the Penn State community took home a slew of honors at the recent 2018 American Meteorological Society meeting.

Michael Mann
Mann receives AAAS award for public engagement with science

Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center, Penn State, will receive the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Engagement with Science Award during the annual meeting in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 15 to 19.

 Yvette Richardson, professor of meteorology
Richardson, Easterling named Fellows of the American Meteorological Society

Yvette Richardson, professor of meteorology and associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), and William Easterling III, professor of geography and former dean of EMS, have been elected 2018 Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).