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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.

Geodata Science Initiative

Data science is the fourth and the newest paradigm of science. In Geodata Science Initiative, we conduct transdisciplinary research, merging or articulating EAPS subject matters with technical areas in data science: statistical and machine learning methods and models, algorithms for the models and methods, and computational environments for data analysis.

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

8 Projects Win Funding in 1st Year of Scialog: Signatures of Life in the Universe


Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Heising-Simons Foundation, NASA, and The Kavli Foundation are announcing awards totaling $1,100,000 to eight multidisciplinary teams of researchers in the inaugural year of Scialog: Signatures of Life in the Universe. Each of the 20 individual awards is for $55,000. Dr. Stephanie Olson of Purdue EAPS, is involved with one of the projects titled, “Water, Water Everywhere … Drops to Drink but Nothing to Eat? A Model for the Evolution of Ocean Chemistry on Waterworlds.”

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.

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