Research Areas - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

Research Areas


Atmospheric Sciences

We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.


Environmental Geoscience

We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.


Geology and Geophysics

We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.


Planetary Science

We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.

Research News

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department Celebrates 50 Years


Established in 1967 as the Department of Geosciences, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences has enjoyed fifty years of excellence across its wide range of disciplines. This week, it welcomes alumni to campus to celebrate its successes, and to reflect on their time at Purdue.

Research by Dr. Niyogi Helps Predict Heavy Rains in Monsoon Regions


As heavy flooding events, including those in Houston, Texas, and Mumbai, India, continue, research teams from Purdue University and India have been working on improving the models that can help predict heavy rainfall from weather events.

Research by Dr. Shepson reveals questions about air pollution


New measurements of molecular iodine in the Arctic show that even a tiny amount of the element can deplete ozone in the lower atmosphere.

EAPS to Host Outreach Event “AP Fridays at Purdue”


Many high school students enter college without laboratory experience in environmental science. EAPS Outreach has a new program that aims to change that.

Inside EAPS Summer 2017


Read all of the latest news in our department magazine, Inside EAPS, including Antarctica research, public outreach, and clean energy for hybrid vehicles.

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