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 Interactions between neighboring thunderstorms and their impact on severe weather production
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


Weather Balloons!

The AES 692: Experimental Data Collection class took to the track to launch a pair of iMet 3150 weather balloons on 10/22. What a great day to take a look at the column thermodynamics!   


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