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

Kacie Shourd

Ph.D. student Kacie Shourd receives 2022-23 NEVADA NASA Space Grant Fellowship

Advisor: Mike Kaplan

Title: An Analysis of Anomalous Heating over the U.S. Elevated Plateau, Downstream Derecho Corridor Organization, and Resultant Extreme Convection


Master’s student Yasaman (Yasi) Raeofy receives 2022-23 NEVADA NASA Space Grant Fellowship

Advisor: Vera Samburova, co-advisor: Hans Moosmüller

Title: Toward Satellite Remote Sensing of Wildfire Effects on Soil Water Repellency

Björn Bingham

Master’s student Björn Bingham receives 2022-23 NEVADA NASA Space Grant Fellowship

Advisor: Xiaoliang Wang

Title: Modeling of Smoke Emissions and Transport in Spacecraft under Reduced Gravity

Anne Heggli

Anne Heggli publishes manuscript

May 2022: Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Anne Heggli (advisor: Ben Hatchett) has published a manuscript titled, “Toward snowpack runoff decision support.

Mohammad Sadrian

Mohammad Sadrian publishes manuscript

May 2022: Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Mohammad Sadrian (advisor: Wendy Calvin) published his manuscript titled, “Contrasting mineral dust abundances from X-ray diffraction and reflectance spectroscopy.

Shuang Xia

Shuang Xia successfully defends thesis

May 2022: Atmospheric Sciences master’s student Shuang Xia (advisor: Dr. Dan McEvoy) defended his master’s thesis titled, “Identifying indicators and timescales of agricultural drought in the Northeast United States using crop area-weighted drought indices.”

Our impact

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

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Christine Johnson appointed to Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names

Department of Geography professor will use her professional experience to help remedy past erasures

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Professors Emeriti Jerry and Jeanne Johnson give back to support students of science

A generous donation will support a legacy of mathematicians and scientists

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Interdisciplinary team studies impact of housing on Latino health in Washoe County

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant helps geographers, health scientists and community leaders identify areas of need