Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science

Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center

The Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center (BASC) is the home of UC Berkeley's research on the physical science of planetary atmospheres and the future of Earth's climate. Earth is unique among the planets because of the ubiquity and diversity of life. Life interacts with geochemical cycles to control atmospheric composition, which in turn determines the radiative and thermal forcing for the circulation and climate of the planet. The study of Earth's atmosphere must therefore encompass interactions with the biosphere and how one species, humans, alter the natural cycles and long-term trajectory of the planet.