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The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at Cornell is focused on understanding the nature and evolution of our home planet by applying the basic principles of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. EAS hosts frontier research on a wide variety of processes which drive the solid earth, the oceans, and the atmosphere. From geohazards to critical resources, from the origin of mountains to the origin of megastorms, from the inner core to the edge of space, from reading the geological record of ancient earth to forecasting meteorological threats to future earth, the scientists and students of EAS use the latest technologies while traveling the globe to probe our physical environment. We are dedicated to training the next generation of global leaders in earth and atmospheric sciences while promoting a citizenry informed on the science behind the important environmental and hazard issues of our time.

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Robert W. Kay becomes AGU Fellow

The American Geophysical Union has announced its 2016 Class of AGU Fellows of which Professor...

Hariharan '18 Becomes Rawlings Cornell Presidential Scholar

Anant Hariharan '18 has been accepted into the RCPS program. He is one of 25 rising junior; 200...

Pryor and Mahowald's Research Projects Included in ACSF's Selected 2016 Academic Venture Fund Awards.

Sustainability challenges addressed by 2016 AVF awards to benefit people, environment.

Did you know?

Pearl Gertrude Sheldon’s (A.B., 1908, M.A. 1909, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ph.D., 1911) early research into shale fractures in the 1920s laid the groundwork for much of the North American shale gas exploration. Sheldon, a structural geology student spent several years afoot in the region around the Taughannock State Park and was a founding member of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca.