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

Mohammad Sadrian presents at the American Geophysical Union

Mohammad Sadrian presents at the American Geophysical Union

January 2023: Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Mohammad Sadrian (Advisor: Professor Wendy Calvin)  presented his research at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (Chicago, IL, December 2022). Also, Mohammad published his second 1st-author paper, "Spectral Characterization of Parent Soils From Globally Important Dust Aerosol Entrainment Regions."

Palina Bahdanovich presents at American Meteorological Society

Palina Bahdanovich presents at American Meteorological Society

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Palina Bahdanovich (Advisor: Associate Professor Vera Samburova) presented her research at the 103rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (Denver, CO, January 8, 2023). Title: “Qualitative Analysis of Bioaerosol Chemical Composition and Shift Using 1H-NMR Spectroscopy.”

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

Our impact

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

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Discussions on making solar energy efficient and accessible at Energy Solutions Forum

NREL Senior Research Fellow Joey Luther studies new types of semiconductors and their properties

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Nevada Drought Update for March 2023

State Climatologist shares a quarterly update about Nevada’s ongoing drought

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Energy Solutions Forum speaker works on processes to take carbon out of the air

Christopher Jones says we need to transition to renewable energy as well as implement direct air capture