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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 severe weather, the solar system, stable isotopes, and geophysics. We are committed to four strategic initiatives: Energy and the Environment, Severe Weather Science, Planetary Exploration, and Geodata Science.

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EAPS undergrad received hands-on experience at ACRE with DURI internship

Purdue University offered many opportunities for students to get involved with research. One such opportunity is the Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program (DURI) . Purdue University senior Matthew Graber, an Atmospheric and Chemistry student, accepted a DURI internship this summer to work with field characterization of agricultural aerosols at Purdue’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE).

Would we still have severe thunderstorms over North America if the Gulf of Mexico were filled in with land?

The eastern United States is a hot spot for severe thunderstorms. Researchers from Purdue University say the reason is much more closely tied to the terrain of North America, rather than the presence of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Science of Wet Bulb Temperature

Nearly 50 million Americans are under heat alerts as hot and humid weather grips the Midwest and south central U.S. But it's not just the number on the thermometer that counts. Purdue EAPS Prof. Matthew Huber explains on pattrn why researchers use wet bulb temperatures to measure just how unbearable heat can be.

River ecology internship prepares EAPS undergrad for geoscience success

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) offers internships to undergraduates that give professional experience with projects spanning from ecological research, education, outreach, and policy. Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) undergraduate Adriana Brown was able to carry out an NGRREC internship this summer locally in the Purdue Stable Isotope Facility.

Living on Mars Time with Mastcam-Z

*BEEP!!!!!* *BEEP!!!!* The awakening sound of the alarm clock rings out through the bedroom. It’s 4 pm and the dying late winter light bleeds in around the makeshift blackout curtains of repurposed bed sheets. It’s another beautiful evening on Mars.

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