The Atmospheric Science group is composed of scientists who share a common interest in using the unique vantage point of the polar regions to study the physical, chemical and dynamical processes of the atmosphere. We consider ourselves lucky to be working in Alaska during a time of unprecedented concern about the climate of the Arctic and the wider world.

The students in the Atmospheric Sciences research group at the Geophysical institute captured it well when they chose the phrase, "Studying at one of the few places where homogeneous nucleation occurs naturally."

Sunrise at Sanctuary Creek Denali National Park Todd Paris

The Atmospheric Sciences research group's interests cover a broad spectrum of topics in atmospheric sciences, with our research results often bearing directly on societal issues surrounding climate variability and change. Many of the group also maintain research interests in other regions of the globe. We strive to understand the polar atmosphere and its role within the earth system. Our projects utilize a variety of observational, modeling and remote sensing techniques and can be divided into several topical areas:

We provide opportunities for students to participate in exciting field experiments, apply theoretical concepts and use cutting-edge modeling to understand our atmosphere better.
  • Atmospheric remote sensing
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Chemistry transport modeling
  • Cloud/aerosol physics
  • Climate variability and change
  • Hydrometeorology
  • Mesoscale modeling
  • Meteorology of the middle and upper atmosphere


Our location in the sub-arctic positions us perfectly for arctic research. Additionally, the local environment provides an excellent location for observation of unique scientific phenomena and outdoor exploration.

Fairbanks’ location allows for many opportunities for winter and summer recreation in a land of unspoiled beauty. Visit the Atmospheric Sciences Research page to learn more about ongoing and past projects.