subjects are offered in all principal areas of atmospheric science. Course programs also
commonly include subjects offered by other MIT departments, especially
Civil and Environmental
Engineering. Emphasis is placed on an integrated approach to atmospheric science,
involving theory, modeling, experiments, and data analysis.
are available in atmospheric dynamics, synoptic meteorology, atmospheric convection,
dynamics of the middle atmosphere, tropical meteorology, atmospheric chemistry,
atmospheric radiation, and dynamics and chemistry of planetary atmospheres. Graduate
students participate with the faculty in research in all of these areas.
Examples of recent research foci include explanation of the ozone hole
(for which PAOC faculty member
Prof. M. Molina shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry), the dynamics of
hurricanes, climate change, adaptive sampling and air-sea interaction - see here for more details.
PAOC offers a Doctoral Program in Atmospheric Science
Students arrange their own academic programs with the advice and consent of their
advisors. A wide choice of academic programs are available, and interdepartmental programs
may be arranged to meet special educational objectives.
See here for funding/stipend
You may also request a brochure and application by writing to:
Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
Students interested in the graduate programs in Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, or
Climate Physics and Chemistry should indicate on their application form that they are
seeking entrance to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary
indicate which of the three Ph.D. programs is of interest. (Note that applications to
any one of the three programs will be reviewed by all three.)