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AOSC Brown Bag by Dr. Wolfgang Steinbrecht
York University

Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. The Department, part of the Earth Sciences Program that includes the collocated Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and climate earth sciences.

The department's research strengths are reinforced by strong collaborations leading to joint research topics with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Departments of the Environment and of Natural Resources, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction of the National Weather Service, the NOAA Satellite and Air Research Laboratories, all of which are located near the campus.

James Carton, Professor and Chairman

Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Derrick Lampkin's research highlighted in Berkley Science Center documentary
The importance of large ice masses in the climate system has gained focus in recent years. It has become imperative that the public at all levels are informed about how these great masses influence our climate and particularly in a warmer future. Dr. Derrick Lampkin has recently completed a documentary for the Berkley Science Center and the media company Amplify which seeks to impact young minds. The short video segments are designed to highlight Dr. Lampkin’s research on ice sheet dynamics and response to warming temperatures and to raise awareness of their overall importance in the study of climate change. The videos will be integrated into multi-model educational exercises target for the middle school curriculum. The program will feature other documentaries of Earth Scientist, each specializing in a particular area of research. It is expected that this curriculum package will reach approximately 30% of all middle schools in the US.

Greenland Ice Sheet Documentary
Posted on March 9, 2016
Glaciology Summer Camp

A local Terp will be found in the unlikeliest of places this summer, McCarthy, Alaska. Casey Cavanagh, a first year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, was selected to participate in the Glaciology Summer Camp, managed by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and sponsored by NASA, The International Glaciological Society (IGS), The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IASC), and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). McCarthy is small village (with a handful of inhabitants remaining during the winter months) that is located at the base the Wrangell Mountains near the Canadian border, where large mountain glaciers terminate at the edge of the town. Out of the over 100 applicants, approximately 25 students will participate in the field camp offered every other year. The course is intended to provide glaciology graduate students with a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology with a focus on quantitative glaciology, modeling and remote sensing of glaciers and ice sheet dynamics. The students will also get to participate in field expedition work on the terminating glaciers. In addition, each student will present an AGU-style poster presentation on his or her present work in glaciology. Casey’s research will focus on the effects that draining saturated crevasses have on localized velocity changes of Jakobshavn Isbrae in Western Greenland.

Posted on February 1, 2016
UMD winners of the Outstanding Student Platform Presentation Award

Cory Martin, Gina Mazzuca and Yunyao Li are winners of the AMS 18th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry Outstanding Student Platform Presentation Award

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