Climate Dynamics Ph.D.
The mission of the Ph.D. Degree Program in Climate Dynamics is to train the next generation of scientists in climate dynamics and related fields. Our students learn, through a comprehensive grounding in classwork, about how the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface work together to determine the climate. In collaboration with internationally-known scientists, students conduct independent work to further our understanding of climate, how it varies, and how much of it we can predict. Tools in the program include cutting-edge climate models, superb computing facilities, sophisticated statistical techniques, and comprehensive data sets. Our graduates have gone on to work at top laboratories and universities.
Collaboration with COLA
The Department benefits from close ties with the
Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), an independent nonprofit research institution. COLA is north of Washington, D.C., and about 25 miles from Mason's Fairfax Campus. COLA is a national leader in advancing the understanding and modeling of climate variability.