Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. The Department, part of the Earth Sciences Program that includes the collocated Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and climate earth sciences.

The department's research strengths are reinforced by strong collaborations leading to joint research topics with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Departments of the Environment and of National Resources, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction of the National Weather Service, the NOAA Satellite and Air Research Laboratories, all of which are located near the campus.

James Carton, Professor and Chairman

Faculty Spotlight
Professor Ross Salawitch takes part in the "Global Chimney" research project in Guam
More than 40 researchers recently visited a sparsely populated part of the western tropical Pacific Ocean—near the island of Guam—known as the “global chimney.” The area boasts the world’s warmest ocean temperatures and vents massive volumes of warm gases from the surface high into the atmosphere, which may shape global climate and air chemistry enough to impact billions of people worldwide

Posted on March 19, 2014
AOSC researchers sited in the Guardian
An article discussing the paper HANDY, written by Safa Motesharrei, Jorge Rivas and Eugenia Kalnay on societal collapses and the impact of both inequality and excessive depletion of Nature, was written and published by Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian. The paper is coming out in the Journal of Ecological Economics on April 1.

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