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Atmospheric and oceanic sciences collection policy

Liaison librarian

  • Tara [dot] Mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4764

History of the collection

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, so named in 1992, is an outgrowth of over 150 years of meteoroloy and oceanographic research at McGill. The Schulich Library of Science and Engineering amalgamated the departmental library collection in the 1980s and has continued to maintain and update the collection in order to reflect the changing needs of the department.

While every effort is made to reflect the current research interests of the department, gaps may develop which need attention, and suggestions to address them are welcome.

Subject scope and current collection development

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs (M.Sc., PhD.) as well as a one year Diploma in Meteorology to B.Sc. graduates. The department is also part of the Earth System Science interdepartmental program.

General collection guidelines


English is preferred. Works published in a language other than English will be acquired if the author or the content is of sufficient importance.

Chronological coverage

Current monographic titles are purchased. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of older materials thanks to the age of the collection and the department at McGill.

Geographical coverage

No restriction.

Areas of research in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

  • Chemical oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Ocean temperatures
  • Dynamics of the ocean
    Waves, currents, tides
  • Polar oceans
  • Marine pollution
  • Meteorology
    Atmospheric chemistry, dynamic and synoptic meteorology, paleoclimatology, rain and rainfall, temperature and radiation
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics
  • Weather modification
    Cloud physics, ice physics
  • Cilmatology
    Wind, radio meteorology, microwave meteorology
  • Weather forecasting
    Radar meteorology, precipitation physics
  • Natural disasters

Collection levels

Definition of the collection levels employed by McGill University Library

LC ClassificationSubjectsCollection Intensity
GC1 - GC1581 Oceanography 4
GC109 - GC149 Chemical oceanography, marine geochemistry 4
GC150 - GC190 Physical oceanography 4
GC160 - GC177 Temperatures 4
GC200 - GC375 Dynamics of the ocean 4
GC377 - GC399 Marine sediments 4
GC1080 - GC1581 Marine pollution 4
QC851 - QC999 Meteorology, Climatology 4
QC926.6 - QC928.74 Weather modification 4
QC930.5 - QC959.74 Wind 4
QC994.95 - QC999 Weather forecasting 4

Policy last updated in 2008

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