The future of Atmospheric Sciences
Weather and climate affect all of us. To understand the atmosphere and its effects thus requires a more diverse group of students, faculty, and researchers than ever before. Here at Indiana University, the diverse future of atmospheric science research is taking shape today. With a growing atmospheric sciences faculty in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and established groups in both the Geography Department and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University is committed to performing top-notch atmospheric science research and teaching at both undergraduate and the graduate level.
Atmospheric Science at Indiana University
Atmospheric Science at Indiana University is a dynamic program with exciting opportunities to undertake field, laboratory or modeling research. The program integrates research across scales, from boundary layer turbulence to mesoscale phenomena including deep moist convection to global circulation dynamics. Our faculty members actively conduct research in radiative forcing and climate change, tropical cyclone morphology using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, and satellite remote sensing and GPS occultation methods. We are active users of IU's high-performance parallel computing facilities which include the new Big Red II machine that ranks as one of the world's fastest 70 supercomputers. Our program is diverse and has excellent office and laboratory spaces in the new Multidisciplinary Science Building to facilitate development, operation, and testing of meteorological instrumentation. The Atmospheric Science Program has instrumentation at a number of sites managed by the Integrated Program in the Environment including the Morgan-Monroe State Forest site that was established in 1997 under a grant from the Department of Energy. The site is home to a meteorological tower and provides access to a wide range of research projects and instrumentation.