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Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences has a great diversity of programs and intersecting disciplines, with faculty and students studying in fields such as Tectonics, Geophysics, Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, Severe Weather, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Data Science, and many other areas. We are committed to strategic initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Interconnections between the Earth’s interior and surface, climate and sustainability, planetary exploration and spacecraft missions, and the development of emerging fields of study.

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Leading ‘instrumental’ research on Mars: Purdue EAPS welcomes new faculty member Roger Wiens

The Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) welcomes Professor Roger Wiens to a growing list of faculty who passionately pursue planetary science. Wiens brings with him an extensive list of accomplishments which he acquired while working for NASA at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Moshammat (Moe) Mijjum awarded INSGC graduate fellowship

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC) has awarded Moshammat (Moe) Mijjum an INSGC Graduate Fellowship. The INSGC is one of the 52 Consortia that participate in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. In the state of Indiana, INSGC is a source of NASA-related information, awards and programs.

Understanding eruptions: how can we determine which volcanoes pose the greatest threat?

For millennia, humans have looked upon volcanoes with a sense of awe and terror. Nowadays, we have a much deeper understanding of what volcanoes are and how they work. However, predicting when and where an eruption is going to occur is still a challenge. Dr Michael Eddy, a geologist from Purdue University, is researching how to make more accurate predictions about where the most violent eruptions are likely to happen.

How Extreme Heat Kills, Sickens, Strains and Ages Us

Researchers are drilling down into the ways life on a hotter planet will tax our bodies, and looking for protections that, unlike air-conditioning, don’t make the problem worse. Dr. Matthew Huber, of EAPS, is cited in this article by The New York Times.

Analysis of Mars Audio Reveals Different Rules for Sound on the Red Planet

The Perseverance mission captured sound with microphones for the first time on Mars. A new study reveals some surprising findings about these acoustics and sound behavior. Dr. Roger Wiens of Purdue EAPS is cited in this article by Discover.

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