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Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric Science

The Department of Atmospheric Science provides a rigorous graduate program that allows students to compete for top-level careers in the field. Our students have direct access to two unique training facilities, an atmospheric research aircraft and one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Our students have careers that cross many boundaries. Many of our students have pursued careers with the National Weather Service or with air quality agencies. With a graduate degree in Atmospheric Science at UW, you will receive the training you need to succeed in your chosen field, be it weather forecasting, climate research, or air quality monitoring. The Department of Atmospheric Science offers excellent opportunities in graduate education and research, using both observations and numerical modeling.



The University of Wyoming King Air research aircraft is the cornerstone of our observational facilities, with field campaigns across the US and internationally. The King Air research aircraft is funded as a National Facility under a cooperative agreement between the University of Wyoming and the National Science Foundation. The next-generation King Air facility is currently being build, with several new instruments on the horizon.

We also have unparalleled access to the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, in support of our weather and climate modeling research.
The UW Department of Atmospheric Science Strategic endorses the American Meteorological Society statement on racism and injustice, and aims to create an environment that fosters diversity, equality, and inclusion. Download the UW Department of Atmospheric Science 2021-25 Strategic plan (PDF) 

View the Department of Atmospheric Science's annual newsletter: Laramie High Tidings

  • Why ATSC?

    Our state-of-the-art equipment provides high levels of training and research capabilities for students. Learn about our research facilities.
    Our award-winning faculty create innovative and rigorous research opportunities for graduate students. Discover our research specialities.
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Atmospheric Science
EN 6034
Dept. 3038
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307)-766-3245
Email: jfrench@uwyo.edu