The Climate Science degree program was created to exploit the overlapping nature of the atmospheric, oceanic and geological sciences as they relate to climate and its changes.
Students have access to a unique breadth of expertise in all aspects of climate including paleoclimatology and the geological record, all of atmospheric and oceanic physics and chemistry, fluid dynamical modeling of the climate system, hydrology, and geophysics. Because of the breadth of the issues making up the study of climate, each student can construct, in collaboration with an adviser, a program uniquely suited to the student's interests.
Ongoing research foci in Climate include the study of high latitude North Atlantic deep-sea cores as records of the climate of the past 200,000 years; coupled models of the interaction between the atmosphere, ocean and cryosphere being developed in MIT's Climate Modeling Initiative; studies of possible mechanisms of the Permo-Triassic Mass extinction; Atlantic Climate Variability; global biogeochemical cycles and ocean ecology.
The degree program in Climate Science capitalizes on expertise in atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, oceanography, marine geochemistry, hydrology, and paleoclimatology within the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, the Center for Global Change Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A wide choice of academic programs is available to each student.
Core and suggested courses are given here.
See here for funding/stipend information
Admissions information is found on the department website.
For more information contact Prof. John Marshall.