The Department of Atmospheric Sciences is dedicated to advancing our scientific understanding of the atmosphere and imparting that knowledge for the benefit of society.
Our most fundamental mission is to help students at all levels, from undergraduate to postdoctoral, acquire and develop scientific knowledge, critical thinking skills, the ability to continue to learn and the potential to contribute to society. We also serve students in other disciplines through survey courses, which give students a better understanding of nature and of scientific methods, and through specialized courses for students in fields that require applied knowledge of meteorology.
Our research efforts serve two purposes: to expand the frontiers of atmospheric science and to give students experience and training in conducting research. The knowledge gained from research may be fundamental or applicable to a particular societal need. Research results are communicated through journals or other appropriate media to other scientists and the public. As a department, we seek to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the research we perform.
We have a duty to contribute to society through our educational and research activities. This public service includes administrative and educational efforts both inside and outside the university, such as assisting in university governance, developing and disseminating teaching materials or improving pre-college education, and research-related efforts, such as serving on committees of scientific societies, providing advice to state and federal governments, acting as reviewers and editors, organizing meetings and assisting industry. Research and service activities should not be allowed to adversely affect our educational mission, but should be encouraged where they improve the quality of our teaching and of the scientists we train.
We are committed to helping Texas A&M University and the State of Texas carry out their broader missions.