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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

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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