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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 Natural 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.

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Professor and Chairman

Faculty Spotlight
AOSC Welcomes New Faculty Member Jonathon Poterjoy
AOSC Welcomes Jonathan Poterjoy as an assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic science. He received his Ph.D. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Prior to his UMD appointment, Poterjoy held postdoctoral positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Poterjoy develops methods for weather prediction and forecasting, with a focus on tropical cyclones and severe thunderstorms.

Posted on October 29, 2018
Assistant Professor Position Available

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek a candidate who will develop an active, externally funded research effort that will complement existing areas of expertise within our Department, teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and is able to make use of the unique resources provided by the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, the state of Maryland, as well as the rest of the greater Washington DC region. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to biogeochemical cycles, Chesapeake Bay, modeling the interaction between human and natural systems, the oceans and polar science.

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Posted on August 3, 2018
Grad Student Neal Graham Published in Water Resources Research

Water Resources Research is a top AGU journal.

A set of future water sector assumptions have been developed for the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) and implemented in the Integrated Assessment Model GCAM. Assumptions are made for infrastructure and efficiency changes across the agricultural, electricity, manufacturing, and municipal sectors. These assumptions follow the storylines of each of the SSP scenarios and are added to GCAM to analyze global water demands through the end of the century. This study represents the first comprehensive set of water sector assumptions that have been applied to the SSP scenarios and have been run with an Integrated Assessment Model while including constraints on the availability of water. The study has found that while water constraints act to decrease water demands, future infrastructure changes in the water sector can increase water savings by up to 32% in 2100, resulting in large potential changes in regional and global water scarcity. Second, in SSP1, the focus on sustainability and the ability to invest in future water-efficiency improvements has the potential to lead to end-of-century water demands lower than present day demands despite a higher standard of living and similar global population. Finally, future water-demand changes in the SSPs depend strongly on adoption and implementation of water saving technologies in low-income regions.

Posted on April 24, 2018
Director General of Resources for Science, Technology and Higher Education, the Ministry for Research, Technology and Higher Education, Indonesia

4/23/2018 Meeting of AOSC and the Director General of Resources for Science, Technology and Higher Education, the Ministry for Research, Technology and Higher Education, Indonesia to explore a new graduate educational exchange program. This was arranged by AOSC faculty member Dwi Susanto.

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