For over 40 years, the Atmospheric Science Program at Texas Tech University has been dedicated to research of the lower atmosphere. We have a broad array of ongoing research thrusts, including severe thunderstorm dynamics (e.g., as relevant to tornadoes, severe hail/wind, and lightning), numerical weather prediction, boundary layer meteorology, wind power meteorology and aerosols in climate. We remain committed to a better understanding of our earth's atmosphere through the development and application of instrumentation and the integration of state-of-the-art computational facilities. At the same time, we are focused on educating and preparing the next generation of atmospheric scientists.
The Atmospheric Science Program offers a course of study leading to the Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science and the Ph.D. in Geosciences (Atmospheric Science track). In addition, courses in Atmospheric Science are offered at the undergraduate level to meet general education requirements. A minor in Atmospheric Science is offered for both B.S. and B.A. students.
Graduate Student Support
Teaching assistantships are available for qualified graduate student applicants on a competitive basis. These assistantships provide the opportunity for students to acquire instructional skills while further developing their understanding of topics in atmospheric science. As a matter of university policy, out-of-state tuition and fees are waived for graduate students who serve as teaching assistants in the department.
Research assistantships might also be available for qualified applicants depending upon the research needs of the faculty. These research assistantships allow students to participate in funded research projects in the field of atmospheric science. As is the case with teaching assistants, out-of-state tuition and fees are waived for graduate students who serve as research assistants in the department.
Admission to the graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School and is contingent upon acceptance by the department. Each applicant seeking admission to the Atmospheric Science Program must therefore apply through both the Texas Tech University, Office of Graduate Admissions and the Atmospheric Science Program in the Department of Geosciences. More information...
Graduate Students (Detail List)
Faculty (Detail List)
- Brian Ancell, Associate Professor
- Karin Ardon-Dryer, Assistant Professor
- Eric Bruning, Associate Professor
- Johannes Dahl, Associate Professor
- Sandip Pal, Assistant Professor
- Richard Peterson, Professor Emeritus
- Erin Shaw, Instructor
- John Schroeder, Professor,
- Yonggang Wang, Research Assistant Professor
- Justin Weaver, Instructor
- Christopher Weiss, Professor
Research in the Atmospheric Science Program is focused on, but not limited to, several major themes. These research areas include:
The Atmospheric Science Group maintains an extensive array of observational and modeling facilities that are immediately available to students and faculty for research and teaching. The field facilities are routinely used for data collection in proximity to extreme weather events including tornadoes and hurricanes. Research facilities include:
- The Texas Tech Ka-band Radars (TTUKa)
- West Texas Mesonet
- 200 m Meteorological Tower
- West Texas Lightning Mapping Array
- Vaisala Sounding System
- The Measurement and Analysis Laboratory
- Research Instrumentation Laboratory
- Ballooning and Observation Laboratory for Thunderstorms
- Boundary Layer Wind Profiler
- The High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)
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