The Department of
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at SDSM&T has a rich history of
research going back to 1959 (at that time, we were
the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences), when the emphasis was
on weather modification and hail damage research.
Areas of scientific emphasis have broadened today to
include aspects of atmospheric studies varying from
air quality to convection in the atmosphere to
ecosystem structure and the effects of climate on
our earth’s ecosystems.
The expanded mission of the
department today is to study the physical, chemical, and
biological processes that affect the composition and
dynamics of the earth’s atmosphere. Our research and
educational programs focus on regionally relevant
issues of national concern and global importance.
Research conducted by the department's staff is linked to undergraduate, Master of Science
(M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree curricula that
provide a fundamental understanding of the
atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere. Together our
research and educational programs provide
opportunities for students to conduct theoretical
and applied research and training related to
earth-atmosphere systems and their interactions.
The vision of the Department of
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences is to
create opportunities for students to become
colleagues with faculty in the conduct of
cutting edge science to determine how the
Continental Earth System functions, and in the
transformation of this science into products and
services of value to society. Department researchers
convert observations made across scales of time and
space, from atmosphere to leaf, into fluxes of heat,
moisture, material and momentum. These fluxes are
then incorporated into numerical models that
describe the behavior of natural systems and that
can predict their behavior in the future.
New Aircraft Acquired
The Fairchild A10 "Warthog",
undergoing outfitting for scientific research into
severe storms, is replacing the T-28 Storm
Penetrating Aircraft long operated by Atmospheric
Sciences at SDSM&T as an NSF Facility. Our
scientists will collaborate with the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA to conduct
national and international storm research projects.