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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Penn State researcher Fuqing Zhang
Congressional briefing addresses science's impact on weather prediction, economy
11/14/2017

Penn State researcher Fuqing Zhang was one of three experts on a panel, representing universities, federally funded labs and the private sector, who briefed Congress on how recent advances in technology have improved severe weather forecasting, allowing targeted forecasts for both the public and businesses that support the economy and can save lives. The briefing, sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), took place today (Nov.14).


Penn State's Millennium Scholars program was designed to increase diversity in STEM fields.
Millennium Scholars: Helping Increase Diversity in STEM Fields
11/06/2017

Penn State's Millennium Scholars program was designed to increase diversity in STEM fields. The highly selective program provides training to high-achieving, high-performing undergraduate students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. and who have committed to increasing diversity throughout their careers.


Meteorology intern Robert Johnson and his mentor Kathy Orr having lunch in the FOX 29 studio.
Penn State student chases childhood dream with TV internship
11/06/2017

Robert Johnson, a Penn State junior majoring in meteorology and atmospheric science and journalism, completed a summer internship with FOX 29 in Philadelphia, allowing him the opportunity to shadow meteorologist Kathy Orr, who was his favorite meteorologist when he was growing up.


Cullen Slattery stands with one of his meteorology heroes, Bernie Rayno, a Penn State alumnus and chief video meteorologist
Best birthday ever: 12-year-old weather fanatic gets to meet meteorology hero
10/31/2017

Cullen Slattery's surprise birthday trip to State College included an opportunity to meet one of his favorite meteorologists, Penn State alumnus Bernie Rayno, and visit with meteorology students from Penn State's Campus Weather Service.


Homeland Center
Penn State launches interdisciplinary Center for Security Research and Education
10/09/2017

Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University's many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society's most critical threats.