University of Colorado - Boulder

College of Arts and Sciences

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences


ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S., Ph.D.

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

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.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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