Undergraduate Opportunities

Role of the tropical oceans in tropical storm development
Most tropical storms develop over the warm waters of the tropical Atlantic. Some grow into full-fledged hurricanes while others dissipate. What environmental conditions determine storm growth? Remote sensing of the oceans from space has begun to provide us with a multi-year record of such parameters as sea level, sea surface temperature, winds, and rainfall. Can we use these observations to identify growing disturbances?


Studies in Ocean remote sensing
The oceans present many observational challenges due to the challenging shipboard conditions in many parts of the World Ocean, and the expense and difficulty of accessing research ships. Thus much of what we have learned about the largescale circulation of the ocean has come from remote sensing. We are able to remotely sense many primary variables including sea surface temperature, sea level, surface winds, and, soon, sea surface salinity. Our group maintains active research on use of many of these data sets and there are many opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the exciting field of ocean remote sensing!


Numerical modeling of the Earth's climate and the Oceans
In environmental sciences we are unable to conduct experiments the way chemists might. Instead what we do is construct numerical representations of environmental systems which then allow us to test our hypotheses about the important underlying processes. Here at AOSC we conduct many such numerical experiments with models of the ocean circulation and its interactions with the atmosphere and biochemical processes. Opportunities are available for undergraduates to get involved in this exciting field which lies inbetween climate research and computational science.