Research Areas - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

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.

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

Public Outreach Key Part of EAPS Graduate Student’s Research


As scientists continue to grow concerned about the impact of climate change on water resources, many have turned their attention to large cities in the southwestern United States. But what about the small, rural communities? That’s where EAPS Graduate Student Carolyn Gleason is focusing.

EAPS Radar Images Now Viewable by Public


A team of atmospheric scientists in EAPS is making images from its new radar available to the public.

EAPS Alum and NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel Returns to Earth


NASA astronaut and Purdue alumnus Drew Feustel returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Thursday (Oct. 4) after 197 days in space.

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