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Atmospheric Science within OSU is at the forefront of advancing knowledge in ocean–atmosphere interaction, climate variability and change, and atmospheric boundary layer processes. Work on these three themes takes advantage of the unique structure and strengths of CEOAS, the College of Forestry, and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Advances in understanding and simulating atmospheric boundary layer processes directly support applications to geographically localized studies of climate and weather, which is of particular value to agriculture, forestry, and the economic development of the Pacific Northwest. Major research initiatives in the area of climate variability and change require expertise in observing and modeling of physics and chemistry of the atmosphere. Critical to all of the areas is the expansion of modeling and observing capabilities in atmospheric meso-scale, boundary layer, and cloud processes.

Graduate research applicants should have an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, atmospheric science, or related fields with strength in mathematics. Applicants should have completed one year of physics with calculus, one year of chemistry, and courses in vector calculus and differential equations. Courses in probability and statistics are also desirable. An interdisciplinary doctorate is available.

Faculty and graduate students in the Atmospheric Science program are working on approximately 20 research grants and contracts totaling more than $1,000,000 annually. In addition, faculty conduct joint research with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California; NASA Goddard Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; and with research centers in England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and France. Opportunities exist for PhD candidates to conduct some of their thesis research in Europe or at NCAR.