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Tornado

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

Perseverance’s first major successes on Mars – an update from mission scientists

10-11-2021

In the short time since NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, it’s already made history. At the moment, Mars and the Earth are on opposite sides of the Sun, and the two planets cannot communicate with each other. After working nonstop for the past 216 Martian days, the science teams are taking the first real break since the mission started. We are two members of the Perseverance team, and with the rover hunkered down for the 20 days of conjunction, it is the perfect time to step back and reflect on the mission thus far. This Conversation piece was created by Dr. Briony Horgan, EAPS, and Dr. Melissa Rice, Western Washington University.

A Mars Rover Explored a Wasteland and Found an Oasis

10-11-2021

Millions of miles away, on the surface of Mars, inside an enormous crater, a little NASA rover is taking some pictures. The view is quite stunning there—miles of undisturbed cinnamon terrain scattered with pebbles and boulders, with silky dunes where the craggy bedrock doesn’t peek through. But when the rover, named Perseverance, sent the photos back home from the crater, known as Jezero, scientists saw something more. Dr. Briony Horgan is cited in this article from The Atlantic.

Professor Ernest Agee- A Golden Academic Adventure

10-06-2021

On September 30, 2021, Professor Ernest Agee delivered a lecture titled "A Golden Academic Adventure." Agee is now a Professor Emeritus who joined Purdue University in 1968. Over the years, he served as a professor of atmospheric sciences as well as department head, interim, and associate head. A sincere thank you Professor Agee for helping us in the persistent pursuit of academic excellence.

Faculty and staff honors: Darryl Granger elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow

10-04-2021

Darryl Granger, professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences has been elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow. AGU, a nonprofit organization that supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences, annually recognizes a select number of individuals as part of its Honors and Recognition program.

Darryl Granger elected 2021 AGU Fellow

09-28-2021

Dr. Darryl Granger, Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) professor, was elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow. He joined 59 other individuals in the 2021 Class of Fellows. Since 1962, the AGU Union Fellows Committee has selected less than 0.1% of members as new Fellows. AGU, a nonprofit organization that supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences, annually recognizes a select number of individuals as part of its Honors and Recognition program.

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