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History of Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook

In 1975 the Laboratory for Planetary Atmospheres was established within the  College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook. Its creation reflected the fact that several College faculty members had developed active research programs in this area. In 1988 the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres was established within the University, reflecting the fact that faculty in several departments in different colleges had active research and graduate education programs in the atmospheric sciences. The Institute’s creation facilitated interactions in this area, led to the addition of atmospheric science faculty at Stony Brook, and increased the external visibility of the University’s efforts in the atmospheric sciences.

In 1992 the Institute relocated to the  Marine Sciences Research Center (the former name for  SoMAS), and the faculty had their appointments shifted there. This move reflected the University’s realization that many aspects of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans must be considered in an integrated manner and that the ITPA’s emphasis upon global atmospheric issues is an excellent complement to SoMAS’s emphasis on coastal issues. ITPA  is now referred to as the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at SoMAS.


The weather station and webcam installed on the Health Sciences Center was a collaborative effort between the Health Sciences Center, ITPA, SoMAS and the  Stony Brook Meteorology Club. Initial discussions and planning began in April 2012 and the equipment was installed in June 2013. The camera is aimed at the main campus of Stony Brook University, looking to the northwest. In addition to still images, the camera also captures  time-lapse video.

For further information about the Division of Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences or Stony Brook University, mail, E-mail, phone or fax us at:

Division of Atmospheric Sciences
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000
Attention: ATM Division Coordinator

631-632-8009 tel
631-632-2175 fax