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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David Stensrud
Stensrud receives top honor from American Meteorological Society

David Stensrud, head, Penn State's Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, was awarded the Charles Franklin Brooks Award for Outstanding Service to the Society from the American Meteorological Society at the 99th AMS Annual Meeting held Jan. 6-10 in Phoenix.

Jon Nese
Schreyer Honors College adds four to distinguished faculty program

Four Penn State faculty members have been accepted into the Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP) for the 2019-21 academic term.

Paul Markowski
Markowski elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Paul Markowski has been elected a 2019 Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is one of 27 new Fellows who were honored at the 99th AMS annual meeting held Jan. 6-10 in Phoenix.

Writing Center
Graduate Writing Center celebrates 20th anniversary

Penn State's Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is celebrating 20 years of service to graduate students this month. Founded in January 1999, it was one of the first writing centers dedicated to graduate-level communication.

Inland waters like rivers and lakes are a net source of carbon
Penn State scientists among leaders in carbon cycle assessment

Penn State researchers were among a team of international scientists whose work on a new climate assessment of North America provides a better understanding of the carbon cycle.