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Climate and Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics


Research is focused on large-scale dynamics of climate, including atmospheric and oceanic circulation systems, ocean-atmosphere interaction, interactions amongst physics, chemistry, and biology of the coupled atmosphere-ocean-land system, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, and the dynamics of geophysical vortices such as the circumpolar vortex/current, extratropical cyclones, and hurricanes. Research is being conducted on the dynamics of annular modes and the climate response to anthropogenic forcing. Extensive work is also being done in tropical meteorology, including interactions between tropical precipitation and the large-scale flow, monsoons, tropical cyclogenesis, hurricane dynamics, and interactions between hurricanes and climate.

In addition to theoretical studies and mathematical analyses of datasets, we apply the following tools and approaches in our research:

Field Programs

Numerical Modeling




Sample Coursework During the First Two Years of Our Graduate Program:

Information on program requirements is provided elsewhere. Below we include an example course schedule for the first two years of study for a student with a research focus in climate dynamics.

Fall, Year 1 Spring, Year 1
ATS 601: Atmospheric Dynamics I
ATS 620: Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics
ATS 610: Physical Oceanography *or*
ATS 606: Introduction to Climate
ATS 602: Atmospheric Dynamics II
ATS 605: General Circulation of the Atmosphere
ATS 655: Objective Analysis

Fall, Year 2 Spring, Year 2
ATS 710: Geophysical Vortices ATS 622: Atmospheric Radiation
ATS 743: Interaction of the Ocean and Atmosphere

Other classes of interest
ATS 540: Daily Weather Laboratory I
ATS 541: Daily Weather Laboratory II
ATS 604: Atmospheric Modeling
ATS 620: Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics
ATS 622: Atmospheric Radiation
ATS 703: Numerical Weather Prediction
ATS 704: Large-Scale Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
ATS 707: Atmospheric Waves and Vortices
ATS 708: Middle Atmosphere Dynamics
ATS 742: Tropical Atmosphere
ATS 745: Atmospheric General Circulation Modeling
ATS 750: Climate Dynamics: Atmospheric Variability
ATS 755: Topics in Climate Research
ATS 765: Climate Dynamics: Oceanic Variability
ATS 770: Ocean Modeling

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