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

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

Congratulations to the graduating students from Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs. We are so proud of your achievement. Please check out our Interdisciplinary Graduate Program celebration page.

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”


First published paper!

Atmospheric Sciences MS student Megan Rennie published her first paper “Emissions from the Open Laboratory Combustion of Cheatgrass (Bromus Tectorum)” in the Atmosphere journal. Two Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. students, Deep Sengupta and Chiranjivi Bhattarai, are co-authors of this publication. Congratulations, Megan!


Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student wins scholarship

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Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Chiranjivi Bhattarai (Advisor: Andrey Khlystov, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute) received the Outstanding International Graduate Student Scholarship. Congratulations, Chiranjivi!

Congrats, Mohammad!

Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Mohammad Reza Sadrian was selected as the American Metrological Society spotlight member.Headshot of Mohammad Sadrian


Our impact

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

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Taking on COVID-19 with math and stats

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Paul Hurtado and Nevada State Biostatistician and College of Science alumna Kyra Morgan talk COVID-19 and how they’re using numbers to make sense of it all.

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“Our lives should not be sacrificed this easily”: Camp Fire tragedy leads to new wildfire research

The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor Hamed Ebrahimian a $2 million grant to develop novel wildfire risk assessment and mitigation tools.

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Exploring the relationship between space, race and STEM attainment on the Discover Science podcast

Dr. William F. Tate IV speaks with the College of Science about his research revealing the uneven contours of the education pipeline.