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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.

News
Posted on April 29, 2015
AOSC Students Receive Hollings Scholarships

Two AOSC students have been selected to receive NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholarships. Undergraduates Kelsey Malloy and Jonathan Seibert received the awards, along with six other UMD undergraduate students.

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