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About CAS and Our Mission

Department History
The Center for Atmospheric Sciences was established in November 1996 by CAS’s co-directors, Dr. M Patrick McCormick and James M. Russell III.

Our Mission

The Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS), is the research facility for the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, has a three-fold focus of closely related objectives: education; fundamental research; and outreach to the public, university, and K-12 communities. The center supports the nation’s programs in atmospheric and Earth radiation sciences and related technologies and works closely with the nearby NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). CAS is housed in its own buildings on campus with supporting laboratory space at HU. Some cooperative programs are conducted at LaRC, as well as at other institutions. Developments in remote sensing technology are closely linked to the HU Research Center for Optical Physics (RCOP).

The Center for Atmospheric Sciences’ Goals are to:

  • Establish a center of excellence in atmospheric and space sciences at HU to enhance and complement NASA, NOAA, NSF and DOD research;
  • Establish HU faculty, curriculum and programs leading to advanced degrees in atmospheric sciences;
  • Conduct fundamental research in atmospheric and Earth radiation sciences; and
  • Establish innovative approaches for educational and public outreach.

The Center for Atmospheric Sciences: Excellence in Research, Education, and Outreach.