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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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Rare deep earth diamond reveals trapped secrets of the Earth’s interior

Deep in the ground of Botswana, a rare deep earth diamond was unearthed from the Karowe mine. It was buried 660 kilometers beneath the surface of the Earth. Trapped inside this diamond are secrets of our Earth’s history. The inclusions found inside this diamond prove that, even at such an incredible depth, the environment can still be wet. This discovery was published by Dr. Tingting Gu, adjunct assistant professor of Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) and a team of scientists in Nature Geoscience on September 26, 2022.

Learn why the 2022 hurricane season has taken off

ACROSS THE SKY PODCAST — The second half of hurricane season has exploded, making up for its slow start. Purdue University's Jhordanne Jones, a native of Jamaica whose research focuses on seasonal hurricane forecasting, joins us to talk about why the season started slowly, why it's picking up so rapidly now.

NASA mission that could save humanity

ABC NEWS — ABC News’ Gio Benitez reports on NASA’s first attempt to deliberately crash a space probe into an asteroid 7 million miles away in a critical test of planetary defense capabilities. Dr. Michelle Thompson, of Purdue EAPS, is interviewed about the mission.

The US Is Measuring Extreme Heat Wrong

WIRED — Recent studies have revealed flaws in the heat index. With rising temperatures and humidity, maybe it’s time for a more holistic approach. Dr. Matthew Huber, of Purdue EAPS, is cited in this article from Wired.

Talking climate change, arctic crocodiles, tropical heat death, and climate whack-a-mole with Matthew Huber

It's still summer: the parks are filled with children, the skies are filled with lightning bugs; and the news cycle is filled with talk of oppressive heat. With the recent heat waves across many parts of the Earth, routine discussions center around climate impacts leading to increased heat stress, heat events, and mortality from heat.  Matthew Huber, professor in Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), is an expert on these topics and is often cited in publications ranging from The New York Times, Mother Jones, Reuters, Fox News, and many more. The New York Times recently labeled him “among the world’s leading authorities on heat stress and heat mortality.”

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