Main Page Upcoming Events
Oct 9 - 11:30am
AOSC Brown Bag by Mr Bill Ryan
Penn State University
"Current Challenges in Air Quality Forecasting"

Oct 15 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by William K. M. Lau
University of Maryland
"What would happen to Superstorm Sandy in a future warmer world?"

Oct 16 - 11:30am
AOSC Brown Bag by Dr. Daniel Tong
"Interstate transport of ozone pollution"

Oct 22 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Arlindo da Silva
"Aerosols in the MERRA-2 Reanalysis"

Oct 23 - 11:30am
AOSC Brown Bag by Dr. Min Huang
George Mason & NOAA ARL

Oct 29 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Tony Broccoli
Rutgers University

Nov 5 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Chris Sloop

Nov 6 - 11:30am
AOSC Brown Bag by Dr. Dong Liang

Nov 12 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Ping Yang
Texas A&M University

Nov 19 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Anne Marie Carlton
Rutgers University

Dec 3 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Nathan Magee
The College of New Jersey

Dec 4 - 11:30am
AOSC Brown Bag by Dr. Gözen Ertem
University of Maryland
"Effect of radiation on the fate of biosignatures on Martian Soil"

Dec 10 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by AOSC Student Seminars

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 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.

James Carton, Professor and Chairman

Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Raghu Murtugudde of AOSC and ESSIC cited in the Baltimore Sun
"Strong influence of westerly wind bursts on El Niño diversity" was published online this week in Nature Geoscience. The study suggests that prolonged wind bursts originating in the western Pacific have a strong effect on whether an El Niño event will occur and how severe it is likely to be. In addition, the paper identifies three distinct varieties of El Niño, and explains how these westerly wind bursts can determine which variety will take shape. The findings should help refine future predictions of these global-scale climate events.

Posted on Septemper 14, 2015
AOSC Crowd Funding Effort
Please help the AOSC undergrad and grad students raise money to purchase a weather balloon / radiosonde system for use in research, general forecasting, and hands-on experience in the classroom. Any and all tax-deductible donations to the project are highly appreciated. For more info go to:

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