From improving numerical model predictions of atmospheric temperature next year to explaining geological strata laid down in previous eras, from monitoring water transport through the atmosphere to modeling water movement at the bottom of the ocean, scientists and students in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (AOES) are working to better understand our planet in myriad ways.

AOES was created in July 2008 by the merger of the Climate Dynamics Department with Earth scientists from the Environmental Science and Policy Department (ESP).  The undergraduate courses and degrees in Geology and Earth Science from ESP, and the Climate Dynamics Department PhD Program, continue in the new department.  Building on the strength of its original components, the new department title reflects the broad range of geosciences at George Mason University and underscores the interactions between solid, liquid, and gaseous components of the Earth.