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.
A beautiful sunset over the Atlantic off the Florida coast, or an orangey glow in the Texas sky at dusk may be caused by dust from West Africa, according to researchers who are looking at the paths of particulate matter in the skies over the Sahara desert and the semi-arid Sahel.
Penn State juniors Alysha Ulrich and Olivia Krum were nominated to the national Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, which is open to Native Americans or Alaska Natives interested in tribal policy and Native health care and any undergraduate interested in conservation and environmental issues.
A recent study found that the flows of carbon through the complex network of water bodies that connect land and ocean has often been overlooked and that ignoring these flows overestimates the carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems and underestimates sedimentary and oceanic carbon storage.
Chris Forest, professor of climate dynamics in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State, will discuss how the Earth goes from a planet with increasing temperature to one that starts to cool, as well as some of the high-risk issues facing both societal and Earth systems in a talk at 4 p.m. Monday, March 14.
Joan Redwing and Sukyoung Lee, professors in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, are two of the 21 faculty members named distinguished professors by Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.