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Environmental Science

Climate and Earth System Science

The Climate and Earth System Science department seeks to understand and predict climatic, atmospheric, and biospheric processes.

Our researchers apply novel tools to investigate the hydro-biogeochemical and atmospheric processes that drive variability in the function of Earth’s biosphere, atmosphere, and climate. EVS develops and uses numerical models to advance regional and global climate projections and leverages resources available at the laboratory to conduct meteorological observations, analyze active and passive remote sensing of atmospheric conditions, quantify land-atmosphere fluxes of energy and water, and investigate ecosystem carbon cycling and soil biogeochemistry. We develop process-scale knowledge of planetary boundary layer dynamics; atmospheric chemistry; aerosol lifecycles and radiation balance; ecosystem exchanges of energy, water, and carbon; ecosystem biogeochemical cycles; and soil responses to environmental change.