Oceans and Atmosphere

Climate Sciences

Climate sciences study the climate system of the earth with emphasis on the physical, dynamical, and chemical interactions of the atmosphere, ocean, land, ice, and the terrestrial and marine biospheres. The field encompasses changes on seasonal to interannual time scales and those induced by human activities, as well as paleoclimatic changes on time scales from centuries to millions of years.

Potential graduate students interested in this topic may want to apply for the Climate, Ocean, and Atmosphere MS and PhD programs or the MAS Climate Science & Policy Program.

Centers, Labs, and Projects

A long-term systematic observing system of the physical state of the global ocean.
Atmospheric Aerosols Group
Develops models and analyzes observations to understand the microphysical and chemical evolution of aerosol particles in the atmosphere.
Atmospheric Oxygen Research Group
Evan Research Group
California Nevada Applications Program (CNAP)
Providing cutting edge climate science to stakeholders in water resources, natural resources and coastal resources.
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E)
Provide water cycle science, technology and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events on the environment, people and the economy of western North America.
Keeling Curve
Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (CCCIA)
Our mission is to advance interdisciplinary science and applications that empower people and communities to better understand climate change impacts and implement adaptation strategies.
Lubin Lab
Studies fundamental physical processes that govern terrestrial climate change, with emphasis on observations and particular attention to the Earth’s polar regions.
AWARE – ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment
Aims to gain insight into the factors behind recent climate change in West Antarctica by quantifying the role of changing air masses on the surface energy balance.
Ramanathan Lab

Recent Publications

Haustein, K.; Otto, F. E. L.; Venema, V.; Jacobs, P.; Cowtan, K.; Hausfather, Z.; Way, R. G.; White, B.; Subramanian, A.; Schurer, A. P.
Cloud, K. A.; Reich, B. J.; Rozoff, C. M.; Alessandrini, S.; Lewis, W. E.; Delle Monache, L.
Amaya, Dillon J.; Kosaka, Yu; Zhou, Wenyu; Zhang, Yu; Xie, Shang-Ping; Miller, Arthur J.