CPS provides the nexus between planetary science and extra-solar planetology in which astronomers, cosmochemists, planetary scientists, and astrobiologists come to understand the origin and evolution of other worlds, investigate the conditions that favored the rise of life on Earth, and explore other habitable zones.
CESR serves as a campus-wide consortium on global change and its regional environmental impacts. CESR faculty use observational, theoretical, numerical, and laboratory studies to investigate the fluid envelope of the Earth and its interaction with the land surface underneath and the rarefied interplanetary medium above, as well as the biota within.
SPC researchers the solar wind and the magnetospheres, ionospheres and atmospheres of the Earth and planets through simulations, planetary plasma physics and space physics. SPC faculty are active in the development of technology for space research, data management and education and the Center supports NASA's Planetary Data System.