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.

Testing the water

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.

Mountain ranges

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.

Spacecraft mission

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

Mineralogy on Mars points to a cold and icy ancient climate


The climate throughout Mars’ early history has long been debated – was the Red Planet warm and wet, or cold and icy? New EAPS research published in Icarus provides evidence for the latter.

Inside EAPS, Spring 2018


Read the latest issue of our departmental newsletter.

Farewell Reception to Celebrate Dr. Shepson's Career


EAPS Distinguished Professor Dr. Paul Shepson has accepted a position at Stony Brook University as Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, marking the next step of his exciting career.

Astronaut Feustel speaks live from International Space Station as he receives honorary doctorate


Purdue University connected live to the International Space Station to award NASA astronaut and alumnus Andrew J. “Drew” Feustel an honorary doctorate during its spring commencement ceremonies at the West Lafayette campus.

EAPS Undergraduate Student Awarded NOAA Hollings Scholarship


Students choose their majors for any number of reasons. They may think primarily about expected salary, where they might live, or long-term career prospects. While those prospects are all positive for atmospheric science, sophomore Abby Sebol has her sights on yet another aspect of the major. Of the possible careers she considered in the sciences, she was drawn to the societal impact of working in atmospheric science.

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