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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
A local Terp will be found in the unlikeliest of places this summer, McCarthy, Alaska. Casey Cavanagh, a first year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, was selected to participate in the Glaciology Summer Camp, managed by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and sponsored by NASA, The International Glaciological Society (IGS), The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IASC), and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). McCarthy is small village (with a handful of inhabitants remaining during the winter months) that is located at the base the Wrangell Mountains near the Canadian border, where large mountain glaciers terminate at the edge of the town. Out of the over 100 applicants, approximately 25 students will participate in the field camp offered every other year. The course is intended to provide glaciology graduate students with a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology with a focus on quantitative glaciology, modeling and remote sensing of glaciers and ice sheet dynamics. The students will also get to participate in field expedition work on the terminating glaciers. In addition, each student will present an AGU-style poster presentation on his or her present work in glaciology. Casey’s research will focus on the effects that draining saturated crevasses have on localized velocity changes of Jakobshavn Isbrae in Western Greenland.