Atmospheric Sciences—PhD

What you’ll work on

Students take a series of core courses and have access to a variety of elective courses in other areas. Core courses share the physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting the atmosphere and specific atmospheric systems. Faculty provide the fundamentals of atmospheric processes and properties, so you can grow with this exciting field. From field measurements to computer modeling to studies of air pollution transport and chemistry.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Aerosols and Clouds
  • Atmospheric-Surface Exchange
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Atmospheric Modeling

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Who you’ll work with

12 faculty with expertise in five areas who provide breadth and depth. In fact, faculty’s expertise reflect the field’s interdisciplinary nature and societal relevance. Their research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Faculty Spotlight

Pengfei Xue

Pengfei Xue
Assistant Professor,
Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

“Integrated Regional Earth System Models: the future direction.”

Until now, regional modeling in the six spheres of the Earth system was largely separated or only loosely linked. Yet, interactions between them are critical to its regulation. It requires advanced techniques to assemble modeling components and broad knowledge to develop such systems. It’s something we are at the early stages of, but it’s the future, and presents great opportunities.

Where you’ll work

Researchers and students work in the Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory and the Great Lakes Research Center, with the aerosol/cloud chamber. High-performance computing facilities are available. Highly instrumented laboratories across campus include top-of-the-line technologies like mass spectrometers, optical spectrometers, differential absorption spectrometers, holographic cloud particle systems, and several specific aerosol and gases analysis and monitoring instrumentation systems are also available.