World-class learning and discovery

World-class research

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!

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Kelvin Droegemeier

Meet Atmospheric Sciences New Professor: Kelvin Droegemeier

It seems appropriate that someone with a name that means “a unit of temperature measurement” would land in the Atmospheric Sciences field.  Ironically, he is also the hot topic around here as he returns for a second go-round at UIUC. It is time to meet Professor Kelvin Droegemeier - once a student and now our new professor in ATMS and special advisor to the Office of the Chancellor. Kelvin’s face might look familiar to you; particularly if you follow governmental issues. He is the former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Advisor to the...