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Atmospheric science

Join us in working to better understand our planet.

From simulating atmospheric temperature to explaining geological layers to tracing ocean circulation, the Atmospheric Science, Climate, and Earth Science Department gives students new tools to explore our planet. You will benefit from the wide range of faculty expertise across undergraduate and graduate programs in AOES.

2020 Earth System Observations & Modeling Graduate Symposium

Cutaway view of the Earth's core

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Contact our program coordinators or main office to learn more about the department or schedule a visit.

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    3451 Exploratory Hall and 109 Research Hall Phone: 703-993-5394

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Exploratory Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus

A research powerhouse pushing boundaries of climate dynamics and prediction

Students learn the fundamentals of weather and atmospheric dynamics, participate in the research leadership of AOES in climate modeling, and benefit from the many facilities conducting atmosphere-related research and operations in the Washington, D.C. area.

Cloud Cover

Why AOES at Mason?


Number of degree programs offered by the department to undergraduate and graduate students.

Over 80,000

Approximate number of times AOES faculty articles were cited in the scientific literature.


Average class lab size. 

Our Earth science degrees help prepare you to address the critical scientific issues of our time.

The combination of field and laboratory learning empowers students to contribute to the fields of energy, natural hazards, engineering, environmental remediation, and climate science.


Earn a doctorate in one of the first Climate Dynamics programs in the country

Our internationally recognized scientists use numerical models and advanced statistics to simulate and analyze climate.



Get an early start on your career by conducting research on campus or in an internship at one of the NASA, National Weather Service, US Geological Survey, and other labs in the Washington-DC area.  Our undergraduate and graduate alumni go on to work in academia, the federal government, consulting, and industry throughout the country.

Professor Mark Uhen

Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sciences News & Events

Upcoming Events


CANCELLED: College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium

The College of Science announces a research colloquium specifically for undergraduate research students. Participating students will present a poster at the 2020 Undergraduate Research Colloquium, which is open to the university community.


Climate Conversation

Apr 27, 2020/11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Quasi-monthly AOES discussion of notable recent climate and weather events. Come with an interesting news item. Come to add your two cents. Or just come to listen.

Location: Research Hall 121