University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Go to the U of M home page

Department of Soil, Water, and Climate


Understanding the role of the atmosphere in the earth system

AtmosphereThe atmosphere is an integral component of the Earth and contributes to the sustainability of life on this planet. Whether by regulating Earth’s temperature, as an integral component of the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles, or in providing a favorable climate to meet food and energy demands, the atmosphere is key to the long-term viability of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems.

Our program focuses on the interactions between the atmosphere and other critical components of the Earth system. We focus on processes near the Earth’s surface as well as regional and global scale atmospheric processes that play a role in global climate change. We use biometeorological tools as well as models and data analysis techniques to investigate the interaction between the atmosphere, the biosphere, and the hydrosphere.

Research Areas