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Atmospheric Sciences

College or University: Oregon State University

Type of degree: Ph.D.

Brief overview of program: Graduate research is available in the following areas of faculty expertise: atmospheric radiation and remote sensing; aerosol and cloud chemistry and physics; planetary atmospheres; air–sea and land–atmosphere interactions; climate and statistical meteorology; and turbulence and convection. An interdisciplinary doctorate is available. Atmospheric Sciences 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.

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Description of Facilities: The COAS satellite data-analysis facility includes large archives of satellite data and advanced image-processing and data-analysis capabilities. The facility is used to extract global-scale cloud, aerosol, and surface properties from satellite observations, including those being collected by NASA’s Earth Observing System. COAS studies of the exchanges of energy, mass, and momentum between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere involve researching the atmospheric aspects of hydrology. This research includes several joint projects with the department of Bioresource Engineering, and researching the vegetation–atmosphere exchange of heat, moisture, carbon dioxide, and other trace gases, which is done partly in conjunction with the department of Forest Science, NASA, and NSF.

Program Point of Contact: Jeffrey Barnes


Institution address: 202 Apperson Hall Oregon State University
                             Corvallis,OR 97331


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This project is supported, in part, by the NationalScience Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation .