Main Page Upcoming Events
Feb 11 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. John Delaney
University of Washington
"Understanding our planetary life support system: Next-generation science in the ocean basins using real-time, interactive sensor robotic systems"

Feb 18 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Leila De Floriani
University of Maryland

Feb 25 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. David Crisp
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
"Watching the Earth Breath - Measuring Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide with NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)"

Mar 3 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Daniel Anderson
University of Maryland
"A Tropical Tropospheric Source of High Ozone/Low Water Structures"

Mar 10 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Patrick Harr

Mar 24 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Marco Tedesco
Columbia & Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Mar 31 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Isaac Held

Apr 7 - 12:00pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. William Kuo

Apr 14 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Leon Chafik
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Apr 21 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Gil Compo

Apr 28 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by Dr. John Marshall
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

May 5 - 3:30pm
AOSC Seminar by AOSC Students
University of Maryland

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 February 1, 2016
UMD winners of the Outstanding Student Platform Presentation Award

Cory Martin, Gina Mazzuca and Yunyao Li are winners of the AMS 18th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry Outstanding Student Platform Presentation Award

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