Mobile weather instruments parked in the Severe Weather Institute - Radar & Lightning Laboratories garage.
Dr. Kevin Knupp presents during severe weather class.
Students and researchers prepare weather balloon to launch ahead of Hurricane Ida.
Earth System Science students create wall mural of the Earth.
Atmospheric & Earth Science students launch weather balloon at Admitted Student Day.

The Department of Atmospheric and Earth Science is a nationally recognized academic organization with world-class faculty. Students and facilities are co-located with and closely tied to UAH's Earth System Science Center, NOAA National Weather Service, NASA, and other partners at the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC).

Understand the Earth and beyond.

AES combines quantitative science, hands-on training, and the collaboration of ideas to encompass all components of the earth system — air, rock, water, & life — to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world as we know it. Above all, AES is a vibrant learning community where research and education go hand in hand.

Students interested in seeking a master’s or doctoral degree can specialize in a variety of topic areas, such as GIS/remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry, land surface processes, air quality, geospatial analysis, mesoscale modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, severe weather, and much more.

Research Areas

The AES Department was created to encourage interdisciplinary study of the Earth as an integrated system across traditional boundaries. Our research focuses on several areas spanning the science of the earth-atmosphere system. Scientists are involved in the evaluation of global-scale climate models, regional studies of the coupled atmosphere/ocean/ice systems, regional severe weather detection and prediction, measuring the local and global impact of the aerosols and pollutants, detecting lightning from space and the general development of remotely-sensed data bases. A cross-cutting strength of faculty and students is the application of remote sensing data, both space and ground-based, to the myriad of questions related to the Earth System.

Contact Us

320 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

256.961.7751 (Fax)