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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Dust storms are a frequent threat to public health in parts of West Africa.
Air quality research could improve public health in West Africa
11/08/2018

Research that models nearly 60 years of air quality in West Africa could lend insights into better forecasting a hazard that affects more than 350 million people in the region, according to an international team of researchers.


Michael Mann, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, discusses future weather extremes.
Penn State climate researcher looks at the causes behind weather extremes of summer 2018
11/05/2018

Michael Mann, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, explains in that the future is still very much in our hands when it comes to dangerous and damaging summer weather extremes.


The jet stream configuration in late July 2018.
Controlling future summer weather extremes still within our grasp
10/31/2018

Continued burning of fossil fuels is likely to fuel even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream.


Penn State Millennium Scholars say they're ready to be a part of and facilitate changes in the diversity of STEM fields.
Millennium Scholars ready to change the future of STEM fields
10/25/2018

Penn State Millennium Scholars, including those from the College of Earth and Minerals Sciences, say they're ready to be a part of and facilitate changes in the diversity of STEM fields.


Penn State alumnus Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert for The Weather Channel, is a 2018 Alumni Fellow.
Alumni Fellow Award winner Forbes reflects on his time at Penn State
10/25/2018

Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert for The Weather Channel, found a familiar place when he returned to Penn State's University Park campus to accept one of 14 Alumni Fellow Awards, the highest honor given by the Penn State Alumni Association.