Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Climate & Space Features

  • Prof. Jablonowski co-organizes Physics-Dynamics Coupling Workshop at ECMWF
  • Asst. Prof. Payne is a part of a new international atmospheric river collaboration
  •  Assoc. Prof. Huang to serve as journal editor, committee chair for AMS
  •  CYGNSS featured in Reuters article on hurricane intensity forecasting
  •  Dr. Tuija Pulkkinen named next CLaSP Department Chair


Xi Chen

Xi Chen came to CLaSP from Peking University, where he earned a BS in Atmospheric Sciences. He says it was the University of Michigan’s “excellent reputation worldwide” that influenced his decision to come to Climate & Space for his PhD. Xi is currently an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University's program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL).

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Upcoming Events

The BepiColombo Mission to Mercury

BepiColombo, an ESA mission to explore Mercury conducted in cooperation with Japan, is due to launch in October, 2018. Scientists have identified the mission as one of the most challenging long-term planetary projects, because Mercury's proximity to the Sun makes it difficult for a spacecraft to reach the planet and survive in the harsh environment found there. The scientific interest in going to Mercury lies in the valuable information that such a mission can provide to enhance our understanding of the planet itself as well as the formation of our Solar System; information which cannot be obtained with observations made from Earth. Climate & Space Department Chair Professor James Slavin and Professor Stefano Livi play a major role in the mission. Read more about BepiColombo here: