Atmospheric & Climatic Studies

Curriculum

Faculty

Are you curious to know if…

  • the severe weather season in Ohio is changing?
  • Earth’s glaciers are melting and if so, why?
  • Pacific Ocean temperatures are linked to droughts and floods in the Midwest?
  • hurricanes are getting stronger?
  • Earth’s climate is changing and if so, how and why?

Events in the atmosphere are linked to each other and processes driving the weather in one location may ultimately have even larger impacts at distant locations around the world. Climate is the result of the cumulative impacts of complex interactions between atmospheric and oceanic systems occurring on many scales of space and time.

baloonersAtmospheric and Climatic Studies (ACS) at Ohio State encompasses two different degree-offering programs: Atmospheric Science and Geography (Climate Studies). Although there are some differences in the requirements for each degree, students share many of the same classes and may work with the same advising faculty. 

Atmospheric Science Program

Geography (Climate Studies):

Thematically, the ACS curricula examine atmospheric systems at many spatial and temporal scales.

For example, on the molecular scale the temperature at which an ice crystal forms may determine the isotope of oxygen in the frozen water. Analysis of the isotopes of oxygen in a core of ice from a glacier may tell us about changes of the Earth’s climate. Events in the Pacific Ocean such as El Niño or La Niña affect the global circulation and can change the location of the jet stream or the number of hurricanes over the Atlantic Ocean.

Students in ACS are introduced to the theoretical bases for atmospheric processes operating on multiple scales and their applications to specific phenomena. Students may choose to pursue a degree in Geography or Atmospheric Sciences.

The following table provides an overview of the major themes of teaching and research in the Atmospheric & Climatic Studies specialization, along with the names of faculty associated with these themes. However, this list is far from exhaustive. Faculty draw from a variety of subjects within and across specializations to develop their unique research interests. Click a faculty's name below for her or his specific interests. On the following page, click on the faculty's name for his or her website.

Global & Regional Climate Change
  Global climate change Montenegro, Mosley-Thompson, Lin
  Arctic climate variability Bromwich, Mosley-Thompson, Rogers
  Antarctic Climate & circulation variability Bromwich, Mosley-Thompson
  Causes of Ohio & Midwestern climate variability Rogers
Paleoclimate
  Reconstructing Earth's climate history Mark, Montenegro, Mosley-Thompson
  Snowline & glacial moraines chronologies Mark
  Ice core paleoclimatology Mosley-Thompson
  Global & regional modeling Bromwich, Montenegro,
  Past Human-Climate Interactions Montenegro,
Climate Modeling
  Atmospheric modeling & observations Bromwich, Lin
  Tropical climate feedbacks Lin
  Parameterization schemes for clouds & convection Lin
  Glacier mass balance modeling Mark
  Polar mesoscale model development & numerical weather prediction Bromwich
  Earth System Modeling Montenegro
  Land Cover Climate Interactions Montenegro
Cryospheric Assessment & Impacts
  Glacier responses to climate change Mark, Mosley-Thompson
  Glacier snowline changes Mark
  Arctic sea ice & regional climate fluctuations Rogers
Tropical Meteorology
  Walker circulation, El Nino/Southern Oscillation & tropical waves Lin
  Tropical cyclones & hurricanes Hobgood
Atmospheric Circulation
  Atmospheric teleconnections & climate variability Bromwich, Rogers
  Tropical circulation systems Lin
Atmosphere-Surface Interactions
  North Atlantic Land/Ice & Climate Interactions Bromwich
  Alpine climate change & hydrometeorology Mark
  Ocean-Atmosphere interactions Lin