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Our Mission  

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.

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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.

 

 Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

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

Office: (605) 394-2291 Fax: (605) 394-6061

 

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