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UAH's Atmospheric and Earth Science Department is devoted to providing high-quality education to and to contributing international-caliber research in the areas of remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, radiative transfer, microwave radiometry, severe storms, numerical modeling, and climate-change modeling and measurements. 

Research opportunities abound at UAH due largely to the nation’s concern about the environment. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) all fund atmospheric and earth science research at UAH.

Graduate students in the earth and atmospheric sciences come from a variety of disciplines: physics, chemistry, engineering, atmospheric, geophysical sciences, and applied mathematics. Opportunities are broad enough that each of these backgrounds is valuable for specific subfields within the earth and atmospheric sciences. However, students of earth and atmospheric sciences should have in common a sound background in the fundamentals of physics and applied mathematics and an interest in complex natural phenomena.

Atmospheric Science, MS

Students gain advanced knowledge of air quality, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, micrometeorology, climate dynamics, mesoscale meteorology, and numerical weather prediction. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research, teaching, and industry.

Earth System Science, MS,

Students have opportunities for field, laboratory and computational geological and geophysical research spanning the earth’s deep interior, lithosphere, and surface on a host of timescales. Several of our faculty lead collaborative domestic and international research programs that afford our graduate students opportunities to work in diverse parts of the world with teams of internationally recognized scholars. State-of-the-art analytical and computational facilities provide opportunities for cutting-edge research.

Atmospheric Science, PhD

Develop expertise in understanding and predicting weather and climate systems through research opportunities in the doctoral program in atmospheric science. Your faculty mentors will push you to think about atmospheric theories, concepts and processes in new ways. You will learn to use research to answer questions that atmospheric scientists face today.


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Applicants are strongly advised to explore our areas of research prior to applying. If you have an idea of the area you want to study but cannot find a match with our academics please contact the Department Chair.