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Ice and Climate Research

Ice and Climate Research addresses the effects of ice on sea level, the history of Earth’s climate, especially as recorded in ice cores, and interactions of ice with its surroundings. Even small changes in glaciers and ice sheets can greatly affect sea level. Penn State researchers are active in field-based as well as model-based studies focused on changes in large-scale ice sheets in West Antarctica, Greenland, and other locations around the world.

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Sedimentary Record of Global Change

When viewed at every possible space and time scale, Earth is a dynamic planet. This complex system is constantly evolving and adjusting to various influences, including human activity, which is forcing Earth’s climate and biogeochemical systems into realms that have analogues only in Earth’s distant past.

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Penn State Astrobiology Research Center

The Penn State Astrobiology Research Center (PSARC) was created in 1998 as one of eleven member institutions of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). Its primary missions are to promote, conduct, and lead integrated multidisciplinary research, to train scientists, and to provide public access to the new field of astrobiology.

Learn more about PSARC

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Planetary Atmosphere Evolution

Earth has been habitable throughout most of its history, whereas our nearest planetary neighbors, Mars and Venus, have not. Climate history on all three planets was also influenced by gradually increasing solar luminosity over Solar System history.

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Graduate Program

Graduate field research

Focused on Research

Dedicated to academic and professional excellence, our 35 faculty members emphasize a solid grounding in both fundamental and interdisciplinary study.

With exceptional lab facilities and research support, our faculty are able help you write proposals, carry out innovative research, publish papers, and participate in national meetings.

 

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