Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography

CASPO scientists engage in a wide variety of scientific topics involving mainly the physical ocean-atmosphere system, but including many important connections with chemistry, biology, hydrology and social issues.

Climate scientists build models to seek to better understand the complex interactions among the atmosphere, the seas, the land and living things. They study the integrated Earth system including its coupled ocean-atmosphere feedbacks and connections with land processes, streamflow, water resources and energy usage.

Atmospheric scientists here study short-term and long-term changes in atmospheric circulation, clouds, rainfall, chemical composition, and radiation balances. To interpret and predict these changes, our scientists design and conduct field experiments, build sensor equipment, such as UAVs, and map out new satellite missions, as well as use regional and global atmospheric models.

Our physical oceanographers study the observational and theoretical physics of the ocean. This includes the study ocean currents, waves, temperature, and salinity variations using broad-ranging observational strategies, theory, and numerical modeling techniques.

Many of our CASPO scientists continually design new instrumentation such as robotic sensors, UAVs, gliders and drifters. that can be used to give unprecedented views of the processes controlling our Earth system

Extensive collaboration is a hallmark of CASPO, including research connections with various U.S. and international universities, government laboratories, and private companies, as well as, of course, with numerous Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego colleagues down the hall, across the street or up the hill.