Why Choose Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland?
The perfect location for collaboration and ranked in the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council.
UMD is centrally located near several top national research centers such as NASA, NOAA, NIST and the EPA and companies like Weather Bug (Earth Networks).
UMD's research park also includes NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and UMD's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.
Our proximity to government agencies and research institutions creates opportunities for our students to participate in research collaborations.
The Department is particularly strong in Atmospheric Chemistry, Numerical Weather Prediction, Data Assimilation, Climate, Physical Oceanography, Remote Sensing, and Dynamics with Predictability.
Our students enjoy social and cultural experiences from College Park to the nation's capital with our active graduate student organization, MetoGrads.
MetoGrads serves as a focal point to help organize orientations, seminars, and social events for AOSC graduate students.
Ranked among the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council.
UMD ranks 8th among U.S. public institutions in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities for earth sciences.
UMD ranks 10th among U.S. public universities in the 2019 Nature Index for earth & environmental sciences, which focuses on high-quality research output.
UMD ranks 12th among U.S. public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings for environment/ecology.
UMD ranks 16th among U.S. public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings for earth sciences.