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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.

Cutaway view of the Earth's core

Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sciences News & Events

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Jan28

Climate Action Plan Townhall

Jan 28, 2022/12:00 - 1:30 PM

Virtual

George Mason University is accelerating action in response to the climate crisis by developing a new Climate Action Plan. These townhalls are a platform for the Mason Community to hear updates, to engage with the Mason Sustainability Council, and share your thoughts about the future of climate action at Mason
Mar8

GCSE Virtual Conference - The Road to 2030: Tipping Points for a Climate Positive Future

Mar 8, 2022/8:00 AM - Mar 10, 2022/8:00 PM

Virtual

At the 2022 Virtual Conference of the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE), we invite you to join us to examine the role of tipping points in natural and social systems, and in government and policy, to explore a collective goal of achieving a climate positive future. This

Graduate Research Assistantships

Financial support is available for doctoral 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.

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  • 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 

Geology Program 

 

Why AOES at Mason?

Over 80,000

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

20

Average class lab size. 

5

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