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Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric science is a catch-all term for the study of planetary atmospheres. The main areas of scientific interest are: meteorology (the study of weather), climatology (the study of weather conditions averaged over time), and aeronomy (the study of the upper atmosphere). There is considerable overlap with other scientific disciplines.

Most of the work conducted in these fields has unsurprisingly concerned the Earth’s atmosphere, where observations can be made from the ground or using weather balloons, probes and satellites. However, exploration of the Solar System has afforded opportunities for studying the atmospheres of other planets and satellites, while astronomers can obtain information on such bodies from earth-based observations.

Articles about atmospheric science

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We still don't know a lot about what is right underneath our feet, let alone what’s lurking miles down.
Delve deeper into structure of the earth

Scientists agree that human activities are causing climate change, but the finer details are still unknown.
Delve deeper into climate change

It affects our lives almost every day, and yet we still know very little about the causes and effects of our planet's weather systems.
Delve deeper into weather

Water is vital for our survival, but how much do we really know about it?
Delve deeper into water

The origins of life – where and how did life begin?
Delve deeper into origin of life

The search for alien life catches many people's imagination and has always been a very public branch of science. So with all this investigation, why has our search revealed nothing? Are we truly alone in the Universe?
Delve deeper into extraterrestrial life

We don’t know what causes lightning, how much of it there is, nor how to predict it. As global temperatures increase, so does lightning; as lightning increases, so do global temperatures. Its impact on atmospheric chemistry is still being explored.
Delve deeper into lightning

Delve deeper into natural disasters

Blog posts about atmospheric science

Our blog posts are often written by scientists about their ongoing research

Science blog article.
India's MOM seeks answers
Monday 13th of October 2014
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Why are the planets so different?
Saturday 5th of October 2013
Science blog article.
Biofuels – Why bother?
Monday 10th of December 2012

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