Atmospheric Science Research

Wind and tempature fields in subcanopy of forest

The field of atmospheric science is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, math, and computational methods. Increasingly, atmospheric science has been expanding to include studies of the effect of the climate on humans (e.g., health) and vice versa. Scientists can focus on field work, satellite data analysis, modeling, or lab work, though many atmospheric scientists use a variety of methods to understand the atmosphere, and they study processes ranging from global to microscale. Atmospheric scientists also study the relationships between the atmosphere and other climate system components (oceans, sea ice, vegetation, etc.).

Linux cluster used for climate and mesoscale modeling

Atmospheric science and climate research provides information for regional agriculture, fisheries, forestry and economic development. The on-site Oregon Climate Change Research Institute provides information to decision makers across the state.