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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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Polar ice caps may reveal climate history of Mars

Much like the Earth, Mars’ poles are cold and icy. The Martian ice caps have neighboring craters, formed from impacts by meteors, much like the craters you might see on Earth’s Moon. Near the poles, many of these craters are also filled with ice. How did that ice get there? Was it deposited all at the same time? These questions are what a team of scientists at Purdue EAPS have set out to answer. They use radar data collected by a spacecraft orbiting Mars to unlock these icy time capsules’ hidden historic secrets.

Mike Sori receives NASA Planetary Science Early Career Award to pursue planetary geophysics

Big dreams of exploring the planets in our Solar System with spacecrafts led Dr. Mike Sori to a career in planetary geophysics. He is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). NASA has rewarded his determination to study the geophysics of our planets with a Planetary Science Early Career Award.

PERiLS at Purdue aims to save lives by studying tornadoes that form along squall lines

In light of recent extreme storms creating havoc across several states and producing multiple tornadoes, it is clear that preparedness and research for tornadoes and storms save lives. Dr. Daniel Dawson, Assistant Professor of Purdue EAPS, leads a team of researchers and students at Purdue University as part of a large field program called PERiLS and they are on a mission to study how tornadoes develop within thunderstorms that form along lines, sometimes called "squall lines” or quasi-linear convective systems (QLCSs).

ABC57's own Maci Tetrick receives Michiana 40 Under 40 award

ABC57 Meteorologist Maci Tetrick, Purdue EAPS alumna, has been named part of the 2023 Michiana 40 Under 40 class. The 40 Under 40 award celebrates 40 of Michiana's young leaders who demonstrate career success and a commitment to the community.

Life on Mars: Purdue students at the Mars Desert Research Station

The SEARCH (Space & Earth Analogs Research Chapter of Purdue) team is a group of students who live in "on Mars" for two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station. Purdue EAPS student Adriana Brown is one of the crew commanders for Purdue SEARCH. Purdue University Mechanical Engineering wrote about their mission.

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