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  • Sumant Nigam Named Chair of UMD’s Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

    Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm was named chair of AOSC for a five-year term effective July 1, 2018. He is currently a professor in the department and interim director of UMD’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC). He will continue leading ESSIC through 2021. Miralles-Wilhelm also serves as executive director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), which is administered by ESSIC.

  • Himalayan Glaciers. Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
    Snowfall May be Key to Why Some Himalayan Glaciers Aren’t Melting

    AOSC Prof. Raghu Murtugudde co-authored a new study showing that snowfall is the controlling factor in glacier loss in the Himalayas.

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    Prof. Eugenia Kalnay Receives 2019 Roger Revelle Medal from AGU

    AOSC Distinguished University Professor Eugenia Kalnay was awarded the 2019 Roger Revelle Medal at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2019 Honors Ceremony, held on Dec. 11, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif. The medal is for “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.”

  • Ross Salawitch talks about climate change with Seventh and eighth grade students at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
    7th & 8th Graders in Pennsylvania Visited by AOSC Professor Ross Salawitch

    Seventh and eighth grade students at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, recently participated in a discussion on climate change with AOSC Professor Ross Salawitch.

  • Somara Theodore
    Sunny Outlook for New Broadcast Meteorology Class

    TV’s Somara Theodore teaches AOSC's first broadcast meteorology class. Students led the effort to create this course. A couple of years ago, Monique Robinson '18 created UMD Weather Talks, a student organization of broadcast meteorologist hopefuls that posts reports on YouTube, and contacted Theodore to get advice. Last spring, they asked her about teaching at Maryland. By the fall semester, the course was a reality.

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    UMD Flights Help the State Understand Air Quality

    A Capital News Service story highlights the work of the Regional Atmospheric Measurement Modeling and Prediction Program or RAMMPP. Comprised of 30 researchers and students, RAMMPP has helped the Maryland Department of the Environment improve regional air quality since 1999 by tracking how the ingredients for smog can originate from upwind states.

  • Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer: 2018 Update

    "Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer: 2018 Update" was released today. The document is part of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion report issued by the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, NOAA, NASA, and the European Commission. Lead author is AOSC Prof. Ross Salawitch. Co-authors include Laura A. McBride (UMD Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Walter R. Tribett (AOSC).

  • Timothy Canty
    Timothy Canty Named Director of Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program

    Timothy Canty began his role as director of the University System of Maryland’s interdisciplinary Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program on August 1, 2019. Canty is an associate research professor in AOSC. The MEES program is one of the largest environmental graduate programs in the University System of Maryland with more than 180 students. 

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    AOSC Alumna Manisha Ganeshan (Ph.D. '13) on her Career as a Climate Researcher

    AOSC alumna Manisha Ganeshan (Ph.D. '13) talks about her career as a research scientist for Universities Space Research Association at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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    Three AOSC Majors Awarded NOAA Hollings Scholarships

    AOSC undergraduate majors John Cahill, Maya Fields and Clairisse Reiher were named 2019 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars by the NOAA Office of Education. Scholars receive a two-year academic scholarship for their junior and senior years, paid summer internship opportunities, and funding to participate in two national scientific conferences