PhD/MS – University of Maryland, College Park

Brief Description:

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science offers graduate study leading to the Master of Professional Studies, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Course work in atmospheric and oceanic sciences is also offered at the upper division and graduate level as a service to other campus graduate programs.

The educational program is broadly based and involves many applications of the mathematical, physical and applied sciences that characterize modern atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography, including climate and earth system science, and multidisciplinary studies of the interrelationship among the atmosphere, the oceans, the land, and the biota.

The Department’s advanced degree programs are designed to prepare students for participation in contemporary research in the atmospheric and oceanic science. Research specializations include: atmospheric dynamics; atmospheric chemistry; physical oceanography; air pollution; atmospheric radiative transfer; remote sensing of the atmosphere, ocean, and land; climate variability and change; data assimilation; numerical weather prediction; severe storms; surface-atmosphere, ocean-atmosphere and biosphere-atmosphere interactions; and earth system modeling.

The curriculum includes a set of Core courses to provide a fundamental background in atmospheric and oceanic dynamics, physical meteorology and atmospheric chemistry, earth system science and climate, as well as advanced specialized courses. Supervised research using state-of-the-art facilities then prepares the students for future contributions in their chosen field.

The Department’s close association with federal agencies in the Washington area provides graduate students with good training and opportunities in atmospheric and oceanic science. As a research assistant, the student has the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with one or more of the scientific agencies.

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