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
AOSC Senior Kelsey Malloy has been named a 2017 University of Maryland Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for her work on improving forecasts of rapid cyclogenesis and hurricane force-wind events. For the past two year, Kelsey has been working with a team of researchers at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center, led by Dr. Michael Folmer and Lt. Joseph Phillips, to use the latest data from the Himawari-8 satellite combined with analysis techniques developed for use with the GOES-16 satellite. Kelsey's work will be used be used by forecasters to improve the safety of mariners at sea.
This has been a great year for Kelsey as earlier this year, she became a Phillip Merrill Presidential Scholar. This fall, Kelsey will enroll in the University of Miami's PhD. program working on climate variability and subseasonal to seasonal predictions with Dr. Ben Kirtman.
UMD has just approved our new BS/MS Combined Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. This program will be available beginning Fall 2017. More details will be posted soon.