UCAR Annual Meetings - 8 - 11 October 2007, Boulder, CO

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Purdue University

Purdue University has been a UCAR member since 1971. The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science. The undergraduate program includes comprehensive plans of study focused on preparing students for careers in weather forecasting, environmental monitoring, or atmospheric research. Program options include plans of study that satisfy Federal Civil Service requirements as well as 2005 AMS curriculum guidelines for weather forecasting, broadcast meteorology, environmental monitoring, business-related careers, or graduate studies. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 50 students with 12 B.S. degrees granted per year. EAS also has an interdisciplinary graduate research program in which individual plans of study are formulated for each student pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. The primary graduate research subject areas in atmospheric science are Climate Change, Climate and Extreme Weather, and Atmosphere-Surface Interactions.

EAS’ academic faculty consists of 42 members, 18 of whom are considered core members of the atmospheric science program. The department has experienced considerable growth during the past five years with an approximate doubling in size of both the departmental and atmospheric science faculty during this time. This growth is associated with an increasing departmental emphasis on multidisciplinary research spearheaded by the establishment of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (which connects 36 faculty members across 10 departments).

EAS employs state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory facilities. Dedicated laboratories of IBM, Sun, and HP workstations support teaching, interactive research activities, and interactive processing and graphical display of meteorological data. Available research facilities include a chemical modeling laboratory for studying stratospheric ozone depletion, an Accelerator Mass Spectrometry laboratory, a regional array of automated weather stations, a 120-foot micrometeorological tower, a mobile tethersonde/airsonde system, a UV spectral radiometer, and two solar-tracking pyrheliometers.

The core atmospheric science faculty have very active and productive scientific research programs publishing 65 journal articles in 2006 and receiving external funding from NSF, NASA, EPA, USDA and DOE. EAS granted 15 Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science between Spring 2001 and Fall 2006. The EAS faculty are active participants in UCAR governance, collaborative research, and programs and facilities. UCAR participation is notably strong among the current junior faculty who have made synergistic contributions to UCAR activities as invited speakers, panel and working group members, and field program participants.

The UCAR Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members’ Representatives that the membership of Purdue University be continued as provided by the bylaws.