Atmospheric And Environmental Science

Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Atmospheric and Environmental research?

  • Climate and environmental systems
  • Atmospheric chemistry and physics
  • Synoptic and mesoscale meteorology
  • Using observed and modeled data to better understand physical processes in the atmosphere and earth system on different time-scales

      Subtopics Include:

  • Weather systems
  • Thunderstorms
  • Other aspects of "mesoscale" meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Predictability (forecasting and applications)
  • Tropical cyclones (hurricanes) and tropical meteorology
  • Remote sensing
  • Climatology
  • Paleoclimate
  • Climate change

How can I do research in Atmospheric and Environmental Science?

  • Research for credit:  atmopsheric science - ATM497, environmental science - ENV497
  • In some cases, students may wish to turn a class project or a project that is part of an outside internship (ATM490 or ENV496) into a more in-depth research project which can be continued for credit after the course or internship ends.
  • Students graduating with honors are required to do research in their major (ATM499 or ENV498).  These projects are begun in similar fashion as stated above, except that students should begin thinking about their honors research projects sometime during their junior year.

Other resources to explore:

Profile of a Student

Hannah Attard (BS in Atmospheric Science, 2012) grew up in Buffalo NY and was especially interested in studying lake-effect snow.  In working with her advisor, she chose to investigate patterns over the western and central Pacific favorable for the development of major lake-effect snowstorms over Upstate New York 10 to 14 days later.  The utility of the research is that if we are able to identify signals in the large-scale pattern well upstream, we may be able to forecast the potential for major storms downwind in the Eastern Great Lakes well in advance.  Hannah presented this work not only at the Undergraduate Research Conference, but also at the Northeast Storm Conference in Rutland, Vermont, during her senior year.

If you like Atmospheric and Environmental Science there might be interesting opportunities for you in:

Physics,Geography, Computer Science, Mathematics (statistics), chemistry, biology, business

Department Contact
Dr. Vince Idone