About Atmospheric Sciences

Research in Atmospheric Sciences is accomplished through field and laboratory observation, theoretical and laboratory analysis, and computer modeling at many spatial and temporal scales. This work is conducted in response to the needs of public and private organizations for effective environmental management.

Atmospheric Sciences receives research funding from a wide variety of federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as private industry, universities, and foundations. Typically, over 100 funding sources sponsor DAS research within a single year. Federal government agencies generally provide the majority of DAS funding; these include NSF, DOE, DOD, DOI, NOAA, NASA, and EPA.


Atmospheric Sciences supports the DRI mission through its research scientists, technologists, professional staff, graduate students, post doctoral researchers, and hourly employees. Atmospheric Sciences is home to several major programs, including the renowned Western Regional Climate Center, the Nevada State Cloud Seeding Program, and the Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications. Atmospheric Sciences also supports various state-of-the-art laboratories including the high-elevation Storm Peak Laboratory.

Connection With Higher Education

Our faculty members partner with the UNR Department of Physics to manage and teach the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program and Undergraduate Program Sciences Graduate Program and Undergraduate Program. Students in the program study dynamic meteorology, atmospheric physics, mesoscale modeling, fire weather and climate, atmospheric chemistry and instrument development.