Climate Dynamics (PhD)

George Mason University

Date Posted: April 12, 2018
Submitted by: Jade Chalkley
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Air & Climate
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Doctoral Degree


The mission of this program is to train the next generation of scientists in climate dynamics and related fields. Through a comprehensive grounding in classwork, our students learn about how the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface work together to determine the climate. In collaboration with internationally-known scientists, students conduct independent work to further our understanding of climate, how it varies, and how much of it we can predict. Tools in the program include cutting-edge climate models, superb computing facilities, sophisticated statistical techniques, and comprehensive data sets. Students are taught that climate variability has important ramifications for society, from planning for next year’s electrical demand and forecasting agricultural production to answering complex questions involving long-term change in global climate, sea level, and biodiversity.