Institute of Atmospheric Sciences at SDSMT


Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota

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Welcome to the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


The study of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at SDSM&T is an interdisciplinary science and a well-linked effort between a staff of accomplished research scientists and a group of degree-seeking students at the Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD levels. Please browse through our website by checking out the links above for more information about the research and academics of our program. Check out the links that follow to other websites regarding weather, climate and research, as well as to publications by our scientists and our outreach activities.



Recent News 


Fall Seminar Series is Announced


Date Speaker Topic
9/3 Dr. Andrew Detwiler An Example of Seeding a Supercellular Storm for Hail Damage Mitigation
9/10 Postponed  
9/17 Drs. Adam French and Donna Kliche Meteorologists on the stand: Our experiences at the Expert Witness Training Academy
9/24 Dr. Bill Capehart Assessing Risk in NWP Forecast Models
10/1 Dr. P.V. Sundareshwar Science and Policy
10/8 Darren Clabo, SD State Fire Meteorologist Fall/Winter Fire Weather Outlook
10/15 Dr. Scott Kenner Hydrology in the Black Hills
10/22 Dr. Lisa Kunza Potential linkages between climate and stream biofilms
10/29 Dr. Adam French TBD
11/5 Linda DeVeaux TBD
11/12 Paul Smith Statistical issues relating disdrometer data to radar measurements
11/19 Jennifer Benning Indoor air quality issues
11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday  
12/3 Dr. Donna Kliche A first look at the DSD measurements during the UPLIGHTS project



Spring 2014 Newsletter is Released


Local Weather


Another round of severe weather with a weakly rotating supercell hits Rapid City on 6/25. Here Aaron Ward is setting up for a timelapse sequence just after storm initiation. 

Photo copyright Darren Clabo 2014

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 501 East Saint Joseph Street Rapid City, SD 57701

Office: (605) 394-1994