Academic Divisions

Applied Marine Physics

About AMP

The Division of Applied Marine Physics (AMP) focuses on research and education in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics in the ocean, especially near the air-sea interface and in coastal regions, and the study and application of acoustic and electromagnetic ocean remote-sensing techniques.   Research in AMP involves theory, numerical modeling, field and laboratory experiments, instrument development, and data analysis.  The academic program within AMP is built on the core disciplines of fluid and wave mechanics, including elastic and electromagnetic waves, as well as acoustic, surface gravity and other types of waves in fluid.

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AMP has a unique set of resources that begin with its Center for Air-Sea Interaction Saltwater Tank, a state-of-the-art facility for teaching and research on the air-sea interface.  Additionally, the School's Ocean Acoustic Observatory off Dania beach, its Radar Ocean Sensing Laboratory, the Ocean Surface Current Radar system, the Ocean Prediction Experimental Laboratory, the Geoacoustic Laboratory, and the Center for Southeast Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing offer School researchers the latest in technology to understand marine physics better.


Students applying for admission should have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, physics, geophysics, or engineering. Applicants must take the GRE, and those whose first language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550.

Funding Opportunities

The overwhelming majority of AMP students are supported as research assistants. These assistantships, which are awarded competitively, provide a monthly stipend and cover tuition costs. Students not supported as research assistants are generally supported on special fellowships provided by their employer or, for some non-US students, their home country.

Degrees Offered

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in marine and atmospheric sciences with specialization in applied marine physics.


Applied Marine Physics Division

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