Atmospheric science

Atmospheric science is the study of the dynamics and chemistry of the layers of gas that surround the Earth, other planets and moons. This encompasses the interactions between various parts of the atmosphere as well as interactions with the oceans and freshwater systems, the biosphere and human activities.

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  • News & Views |

    Nature’s pages feature a history of aerial photography for archaeology research, and reports of colourful auroras and magnetic storms.

  • News & Views |

    Atmospheric rivers substantially affect the global hydrologic cycle, yet their response to past and future anthropogenic forcing remains highly uncertain. New research reveals the counterbalancing effects of aerosols and greenhouse gases and how this balance will shift to favour stronger atmospheric rivers in the coming decades.

    • Breanna L. Zavadoff
  • News |

    Models suggest that distortions in polar-vortex winds can send chilly air hurtling southwards. But some climate scientists remain unconvinced.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
    Nature 597, 165
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution have changed the composition of the atmosphere, and thereby initiated global warming and reduced air quality. Our editorial board members note the need for a deeper understanding of atmospheric fluxes and processes to tackle climate and human health issues.

    • Joshua Dean
    • , Astrid Kiendler-Scharr
    •  & Ralf Zimmermann