Meteorology & Physical Oceanography

Letter from the Director

The graduate program in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO) at the Rosenstiel School provides a collegial, interdisciplinary environment to study the dynamics of the ocean, of the atmosphere, and of their coupled interactions. The MPO program offers PhD and MSc degrees, and the curriculum covers the physical forces and processes of the intertwined system, with a view toward how these affect life and climate on Earth. Students will learn the gamut of scientific tools used to unravel nature’s mysteries, including observations, laboratory measurements, modeling, and theory.

MPO offers opportunities to participate in research cruises and field experiments, develop and test new models and theories, and connect with the faculty’s worldwide collaboration networks to advance ocean, atmosphere, and climate sciences. Students have access to an array of research facilities which include: the Center for Computational Science, the Walton Smith research vessel, the Surge Structure Atmosphere Interaction Facility, the Cloud-Aerosol-Rain Observatory, the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing. Example research themes include coastal and deep water physical oceanography, tropical meteorology, cloud processes, air-sea interactions, tropical cyclones, remote and in-situ observations, climate variability and predictability, and data assimilation. For more information on specific research areas and to see if PhD research opportunities are available, please check out our list of research assistantship opportunities for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students are encourage to email MPO faculty members directly with questions about their research. Please note that MPO faculty are comprised of faculty in the Atmospheric Sciences Department and Ocean Sciences Department.

The Rosenstiel School, whose campus is located in scenic Virginia Key, offers a special setting for inter-disciplinary research in the marine and atmospheric science because of its closely-knit community of students, scientists, and faculty, and because it affords plenty of opportunities for formal and informal interactions.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about MPO. More general information about our graduate programs is available from the Rosenstiel School’s Graduate Studies Office. We look forward to receiving your application!

Mohamed Iskandarani, PhD
Director, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography Graduate Program