DAILY PLANET


Dr. Tuija Pulkkinen joins Climate & Space

Dr. Tuija Pulkkinen was named the new Chair of the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department effective September 1st, 2018. Read more...

Prof. Gombosi received the medal in a ceremony at the 15th annual European Space Weather Week conference in Leuven, Belgium. Read more...

Prof. Steiner part of leadership team for new U-M Biosciences Initiative institute

Prof. Allison Steiner is co-principal investigator for the new Institute for Global Change Biology. The institute is one of five large (and four smaller) project finalists to receive a grant under U-M President Mark Schlissel's Biosciences Initiative. Read more...

Prof. Penner elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science Joyce Penner has been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Read more...

Assoc. Prof. Huang to serve as journal editor, committee chair for American Meteorological Society

Climate & Space associate professor Xianglei Huang was recently named as an editor for American Meteorological Society (AMS) publication, Journal of Climate. Read more...

Parker Solar Probe breaks two world records on its way to the Sun

On Oct. 29, Parker Solar Probe broke world records as both the closest human-built object to the sun, as well as the fastest. Read more...

BepiColombo mission to study Mercury successfully launched

For only the third time in history, a spacecraft will visit Mercury to shed light not only on the planet’s own long-standing, fundamental mysteries, but on the formation and evolution of the solar system as well. Read more...

CLaSP names three new Associate Chairs

The Climate and Space department recently added three new Associate Chair roles to help facilitate and implement forward-looking department initiatives and goals. The three Associate Chairs will each be responsible for a principal area of focus, and will work with the various committees that align with these areas. Read more...

CLaSP welcomes two new faculty

Climate & Space was very fortunate to add two new faculty members this year: Assistant Professor Ashley Payne, and Assistant Professor Ángel Adames-Corraliza. Read more...

Prof. Steiner leads new NSF research team studying Lake Erie harmful algae blooms. Read more...

Climate & Space researchers reveal Europa plume findings. Read more...

Asst. Prof. Kort co-author on groundbreaking new methane emissions study. Read more...

Asst. Prof. Payne is a part of a new international atmospheric river collaboration. Read more...

Prof. Jablonowski co-organizes Physics-Dynamics Coupling Workshop at ECMWF. Read more...

CYGNSS science team reviews 2017 hurricane season, adds new scientific investigations. Read more...

PhD candidate Emily Yang Wins Capitol Hill Visit Essay Contest. Read more...

CLaSP Students Awarded NASA Graduate Fellowship. Read more...

Tornado Camp 2018

This past summer Climate & Space students set off on a quest to chase and study tornadoes and severe weather in “Tornado Alley” on the plains of Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Students Austin McDowell, Erin Maher, Karlie Wells, and Brandon Molina drove across the country to attend the annual storm-chasing event, and shared dispatches from the field in their pursuit of storms.

Tornado Camp is the nickname given to a severe weather experiment organized by former CLaSP Professor Derek Posselt and CLaSP alumnus and former visiting Professor Chris Weiss of Texas Tech. The participants spent about three weeks to a month driving around the flat plains of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma looking for tornadoes.

We wanted our students to tell us in their own words about their experiences during Tornado Camp, so we asked them to write up “short reflections” of the trip. In true CLaSP style, they delivered several times over. Click the links below to read the essays.

Austin McDowell

Erin Maher

Karlie Wells