The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) provides interdisciplinary education and training to students who are interested in weather and climate science. The department provides a worldclass, interdisciplinary research and educational environment to examine the dynamical, physical and chemical processes that occur in the atmosphere and ocean. A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for observing, modeling and understanding climate and global change. The department’s 15 core faculty members study the Earth’s weather and climate from the ocean floor to outerspace, attempting to understand climate change and make projections about the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere and the oceans.
Though it was founded only in 2005, ATOC has jumped to topten rankings nationally in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Graduate students, research staff and faculty work together on a wide range of research topics, such as largescale dynamics of ocean and atmosphere, airsea interaction, radiative transfer and remote sensing of ocean and atmosphere, sea ice and its role in climate, cloudclimate interactions, atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, atmospheric technology, extended weather and climate prediction, hydrological processes and boundarylayer measurement and modeling.
ATOC offers a comprehensive graduate program with a core course structure that emphasizes the fluid dynamical, chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere and ocean.