Earth’s atmosphere is fundamental to many aspects of life and society. It plays a crucial role in climate and weather and influences the well being of individuals and economies. Understanding atmospheric science is a prerogative to maintaining a livable planet, and it also poses purely fundamental questions that stimulate our minds and scientific imagination. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has underscored the need for a strong foundation in atmospheric sciences to help prepare a climate-smart nation.

Areas of Emphasis

Atmospheric sciences at Michigan Tech emphasizes research on:

  • The Perturbed Atmosphere, Air Quality, Climate, and Society—to improve our understanding of atmospheric processes and impacts related to key issues of societal importance, such as climate change and emissions, transport, and transformation of air pollution.
  • Atmospheric Interactions—to understand the natural and perturbed atmosphere and its interactions with the rest of the earth system, including the biosphere, hydrosphere, and solid Earth.
  • Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere—to learn new fundamental physical and chemical processes that govern the behavior of the atmosphere and its interactions with human activities, solar radiation, and the natural world.
  • Advanced Analytical and Numerical Tools—to develop and apply new methods for laboratory simulations, measurement, and analysis of atmospheric properties (using in-situ lab, field, and remote-sensing techniques) and using computer simulations of atmospheric transport, microphysics, and chemistry to study complex atmospheric properties and interactions—from micro- to macro-scale.

For more information on specific research interests of our atmospheric sciences faculty members, please see Focus Areas or Faculty.

We are actively recruiting new graduate students.