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Welcome to the Meteorology and Physical Oceanography Graduate Program!

brian mapes

The graduate program in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO) at the Rosenstiel School provides a collegial, inclusive, and welcoming interdisciplinary environment to study the dynamics of the ocean, the atmosphere, and their coupled interactions. The MPO program offers Ph.D. and MSc degrees, rooted in a curriculum covering the physical forces and energy processes of the intertwined system, with a view toward how these affect life and climate on Earth. Students will learn the gamut of scientific tools used to unravel nature’s mysteries, including observations, laboratory measurements, modeling, and theory.

MPO offers opportunities to participate in research cruises and field experiments, develop and test new models and theories, and connect with the faculty’s worldwide collaboration networks to advance ocean, atmosphere, and climate sciences. Students have access to a wide range of computational, laboratory, and outdoor-observation research facilities. Example research themes include coastal and deep water physical oceanography, tropical meteorology, cloud processes, air-sea interactions, tropical cyclones, remote and in-situ observations, climate variability and predictability, and data assimilation. For more information on specific research areas and to see if Ph.D. research opportunities are available, please check out our list of research assistantship opportunities. Students are encouraged to email MPO faculty members directly with questions about their research. Please note that MPO faculty are comprised of faculty in the Atmospheric Sciences Department and Ocean Sciences Department. The GRE score is not required for admission. Individual faculty members may consider GRE scores as part of a holistic evaluation of the candidate.

The Rosenstiel School, whose campus is located in scenic Virginia Key, offers a special setting for interdisciplinary research in the marine and atmospheric science because of its closely-knit community of students, scientists, and faculty, and because it affords plenty of opportunities for formal and informal interactions. Together with the rest of the University of Miami, we are committed to a culture of belonging and to our values of diversity, integrity, responsibility, excellence, compassion, and teamwork.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about MPO. More general information about our graduate programs is available from the Rosenstiel School’s Graduate Studies Office. We look forward to receiving your application!

Brian Mapes, PhD
Director, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography Graduate Program