Message From the Chair

As chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, I would like to welcome you to our website and provide you with a quick overview of our program. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah is a mid-sized program with 11 tenure-line faculty and 10 research faculty with expertise spanning nearly all of the major subdivisions of atmospheric sciences. We offer Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Our faculty have national and international reputations and were awarded more than $4 million dollars in research grants and contracts in the last fiscal year. Our faculty use this money to participate in field projects, buy or build instrumentation, travel to conferences, publish research results, and provide both graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research projects.

Students entering our program can expect small class sizes and lots of opportunities to interact with their instructors both in and out of the classroom. Our faculty are very committed teachers who enjoy interacting with both undergraduate and graduate students. As chair, I am very proud of the fact that more than a third of our tenure-line faculty members have won College or University teaching awards. We also have first-rate facilities including a hands-on instrumentation laboratory, a computer laboratory, and field research sites located at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon and on the shore of the Great Salt Lake. There are also opportunities for students to participate in the Ute Weather Forecasting Center, the student chapter of the American Meteorological Society, or the Utah Ski Weather website.

In addition to the first-rate faculty, facilities, and students, the University happens to be centrally located in the Intermountain west with a myriad of recreational opportunities in close proximity. In summary, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah is a vibrant and exciting program with a familial atmosphere. Please check out the rest of our website or contact us at to learn more.


Kevin D. Perry, Chair
Department of Atmospheric Sciences