The University of Arizona is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the science of adaptation to climate change, and associated research and outreach to understand climate change, its observed and potential impacts, and possible responses.
Adaptation planning requires a firm understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerabilities. That is just what the faculty and students in Atmospheric Sciences achieve by studying a wide range of topics that all tie together under one common theme: the Earth-Atmosphere system. Most of the department's research is done through the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP). From long-term climate variability to day-to-day local forecasting, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the IAP strive to explore and understand the dynamic nature of the Earth-Atmosphere system.
Atmospheric Sciences and the Hydrology and Water Resources Department jointly offer the nation’s first graduate degree program in Hydrometeorology. This program provides students with a well-rounded background in the related fields of: a) atmospheric, hydrologic and systems sciences; b) tools and methods for numerical modeling, prediction, and data assimilation; and c) sensors, data sources, and data manipulation tools including remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS).