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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 Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences 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.

Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sciences News & Events

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Call for Papers: 2023 Annual Modeling and Simulation Conference

Jan 29, 2023/8:00 AM - 11:45 PM

The Society for Modeling and Simulation International seeks presenters contributing to the theory and practice of modeling and simulation in any scientific or engineering discipline. The conference takes place in May. Conference information.

AOES Climate Dynamics Seminar: Smith, Why RMSE is Evil

Lenny Smith, Virginia Tech Wed, 1 Feb, 1:30-2:30 JC Room Gand via Zoom (contact for link) On the Evaluation and Tuning of Probability Forecasts: Why RMSE is Evil and Anomalies are Silly

AOES Climate Dynamics Seminar

More information to come! 

Graduate Symposium

Stay tuned for announcements for the next annual Earth System Observations and Modeling Graduate Symposium, April 2023.


Earth observation

Funding Graduate School

Financial support is available for graduate students

Climate Dynamics Students

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.

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Visit Us On Campus

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

  • AOES Main Offices

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

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Exploratory Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus

Support our department

Help us educate students and study the Earth with a gift to the department as a whole or to specific AOES programs:

Climate and Atmospheric Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Fund 

Jagadish and Anastasia Shukla AOES Endowed Fellowship 

Climate Science Master's Fellowship

Geology Program 


Why AOES at Mason?

Over 80,000

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


Average class lab size. 


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