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Physical Oceanography

College or University: Oregon State University

Type of degree: Ph.D.

Brief overview of program: Oceanic circulation and the interactions between the ocean, the atmosphere, and solid Earth influence the Earth’s climate and directly affect people. COAS physical oceanographic researchers develop and use in-situ and remote-sensing instruments to better understand ocean dynamics and thermodynamics. Observations and models are used to investigate the interaction between air and sea, physical oceanography and ocean biology, and chemistry and geology. Faculty study coastal-ocean processes, small-scale ocean physics and mixing, remote sensing and upper-ocean circulation, air–sea interaction, and ocean modeling and prediction. Major contributions are made in the fields of ocean optics, turbulence, coastal and mesoscale dynamics, polar processes, and open-ocean observations and theory. Applicants to the Physical Oceanography program should have an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, or engineering, or a related field with a strong background in mathematics.

Website: Click here for program website

Program Point of Contact: Jack Barth


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 .