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
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.
Flooded and in the midst of a strong Pacific storm system, the audience of KCAL was looking for some clarity as to what type of progress has been made in the fields of weather prediction and climate modeling. Professor Ross Salawitch was there to provide the answers. On February 18, Salawitch appeared on the CBS Los Angeles affiliate, KCAL-9, to discuss his new book, “Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope,” and explain prevalent misconceptions in the climate system. He explained the different reduction targets countries had set in the agreement, highlighting the fact that the U.S. under the agreement is currently committed to a 27 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Salawitch commended Jerry Brown and California for their efforts in reducing carbon emissions. The hosts brought up the prevalent misconception that because winters are still cold and wet in California, climate change cannot be a pertinent issue. Salawitch used this segueway to explain the fundamental difference of climate and weather, conveying to audience members that no conclusion about our current climate state could be derived from a mere observation in the weather.Watch the video here.