Innovating to advance our understanding and knowledge of the earth-atmosphere system

A dynamic field incorporating physics, chemistry, hydrology and mathematics that explores the structure of the Earth's atmosphere.

About us

The Interdisciplinary Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program

Learn more about the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program, the admissions process and resources for student support.

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About us

Learn more about our research interests and interdisciplinary departments and partners that create our unique academic program. 

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Degree programs

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral and master's programs.

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Student resources

Program handbook, career information, and a list of student organizations and campus resources. 

Meet people who are as passionate about the planet as you are.

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People of Atmospheric Sciences

Our faculty come together from more than eight units across campus and the Reno area. Learn more about their areas of interest and current projects. 

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Research areas

Research in Atmospheric Science is shaping the way we understand our planet, the resources on it, and how we protect it.

Achievements and announcements

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Kevin Axelrod publishes first paper

Kevin Axelrod

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Kevin Axelrod published his first paper, “Relative abundance of saccharides, free amino acids, and other compounds in specific pollen species for source profiling of atmospheric aerosol,” in the Science of The Total Environment journal. Congratulations, Kevin!

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Chiranjivi Bhattarai wins GSA award!

Student Chiranjivi Bhattarai, wearing a face covering, holds up a paper certificate. Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Chiranjivi Bhattarai received an outstanding graduate student scholarship from the Graduate Student Association (Fall 2020). Congratulations, Chiranjivi.

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Saroj Dhital receives Graduate Dean’s Merit Scholarship

Saroj Dhital standing before a large mountain range, blue skies with white clouds.Ph.D. student Saroj Dhital was awarded a 2020 Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship. Learn more about the Graduate Dean Awards and see the full list of recipients. Congratulations, Saroj!

Atmospheric Science faculty member, Neil Lareau, mentioned in AP news story about California wildfires

Assistant Professor Neil Lareau was quoted for an AP news story about the California wildfires. Read the full story

Recently published paper!

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Saroj Dhital's paper, "Atmospheric Dynamics of a Saharan Dust Outbreak over Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands Preceded by Rossby Wave Breaking: Multi‐scale Observational Analyses and Simulations" was recently published. Congrats, Saroj! Read the article.

Recently published paper!

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Saroj Dhital is a second author of the recently published paper “Large scale upper-level precursors for dust storm formation over North Africa and poleward transport to the Iberian Peninsula Part I: An observational analysis”


Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from the Atmospheric Sciences and the departments that contribute to the program.

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College of Science celebrates 2021 distinguished alumni

Alumni from the College of Science and the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering were commended at last night's annual event.

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Reclaiming the land, remapping history

Through research and mapping, geography graduate student and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Autumn Harry recognizes Indigenous place names to honor her Numu (Northern Paiute) homelands.

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Fire tornado prediction tools to be developed for public safety during extreme wildfires

Researchers at University of Nevada, Reno and DRI launch new citizen science project to gather ashfall data