A fundamental mission of the University of Illinois Department of Climate, Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences is to provide comprehensive educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students through direct participation in the advancement of our scientific understanding of the atmosphere.
Do you want to understand the power of mother nature?
Our students get hands-on experience observing and modeling our earth system. Students in our department fly in research aircraft alongside severe thunderstorms, use our Doppler on Wheels radars and other instrumentation to investigate the structure of weather systems and simulate the atmosphere using cutting-edge models that will lead to future breakthroughs in our science.
The forefront of research and education
Students in our graduate program undertake research that pushes the boundaries of our sciences, whether it be the latest in computer modeling or discovering new phenomena in the field. With a graduate degree in atmospheric sciences, students pursue various careers, including careers in national labs, academia, private industry, and more!
What have you been up to since your time at DAS? I had an NRC post-doc at the National Severe Storms Lab and joined the federal staff in 1992. I’ve worked on the forecasting and impacts of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods and on the quality and value of weather forecasts. I worked in the early stages of short-range ensemble forecasting, the understanding of severe thunderstorms in the climate setting, and the interaction between physical and social sciences in meteorology. How have you benefited from your degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois? One...