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Research opportunities

Atmospheric Science research is focused on understanding the physics and chemistry of the climate system. Our D.Met professors design and build instrumentation, conduct field and laboratory experiments, interpret observations, and develop sophisticated models.

Professors engaged in these research projects often hire students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a D.Met undergraduate student, you’ll have opportunities to participate in research projects in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science.

What are Atmospheric Science professors working on now?


Dr. James Drummond
’s research is in the composition and chemistry of atmospheres. In particular, he looks at measurements of atmospheres and the instrumentation needed to make those measurements. His current projects encompass measurements of the Earth's atmosphere from space for pollution, as well as measuring climate change in the Arctic. His dream is to put an instrument into orbit around Mars.

Dr. Tom Duck uses lidar (laser radar) remote sensing instruments to study radiative transfer and climate in the High Arctic at Eureka, Nunavut. He and his research team use these measurements to gain insights into cloud and aerosol processes, and their interactions with water vapour and temperature. Read more about Dr. Duck's research.

Dr. Glen Lesins is studying how the interactions between radiative forcing, clouds and aerosols in the Canadian Arctic are responsible for climate variability in polar regions. His methodology involves combining measurements from lidars, spectrometers, and satellite retrievals with radiative transfer models.

Dr. Randall Martin believes that pressing scientific questions remain about climate change and air quality processes. His research team, The Atmospheric Composition Analysis Group, uses space-based observations, global models, and ground-based measurements to improve the understanding of the processes controlling air quality and climate.

What research projects can you get involved in?

  • Contribute to designing and building research instruments
  • Conduct field and laboratory experiments
  • Interpret observations
  • Compute data in a program you may have custom-coded for the project
  • Develop and run sophisticated models
  • Advance theory in climate change