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A simulation experiment is conducted to inquire into the mean climate state and likely trends in atmospheric infrared radiation by Prof. Yi Huang

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Attenuated backscatter (1/(msr) time-height plot of Doppler lidar moments at the SGP ARM facility by Arunchandra Chandra

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True color images from MODIS onboard Terra spanning about 500 km centered at the location of Graciosa Island. (left) A stratocumulus cloud case. (right) a broken cumulus and cumulus with stratocumulus cases by Jasmine Rémillard

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The ESA EARTHCARE Explorer Mission features the first spaceborne atmospheric Doppler radar. Researchers from our Department are involved in the development of the algorithms for the Exploitation of the spaceborne Doppler radar observations.

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The J.S. Marshall Radar Observatory: At McGill University, we own and operate several weather radars and other meteorological sensors. Our large S-band Doppler radar is used for weather surveillance around the Montreal area.

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Simulated fields of trade-wind convection impinging on an idealized island ridge with a height of 500m. Conditions for these cases are derived from field campaigns (BOMEX and RICO) over the western Atlantic Ocean. By Prof. Daniel Kirshbaum

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Responses in the zonal-mean zonal winds of the Northern Hemisphere stratosphere to instantaneous doubling of atmospheric CO2. For reference, contours of the control winds are overlaid. The 3 panels represent 3 different experiments. By Dr. Barbara Winter

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Evaluation of the performance of ground-based microwave radiometer tomographic measurements in retrieving high-resolution 2D fields of atmospheric water vapor. By Véronique Meunier.

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Chair's Message

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences’ (AOS) strength and diversity provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate, diploma, and graduate students to participate in the faculty’s teaching and research activities.

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Prof. John R. Gyakum

Our Undergraduate programs provide students with a unique combination of training in weather analysis and forecasting, climate science, physical meteorology, and dynamics. Students completing their B. Sc. in atmospheric science have a large range of both employment opportunities, and graduate studies to consider for their career advancement. For example, Environment Canada continues to hire graduates from our programs. Among other potential employers in the private sector, the Weather Network has hired our graduates for both operational weather prediction and research positions.

Prospective students who have completed their B. Sc. in other disciplines, such as Physics or Mathematics, may choose to enroll in our unique Diploma program. This program is a one-year curriculum that provides graduates with the credentials necessary to enroll in graduate school, or to be hired by Environment Canada and other employers of atmospheric scientists.

Our Graduate programs at both the M. Sc and Ph. D. levels, provide students with the opportunity to work in research areas, such as weather and climate systems analysis and modeling, synoptic and dynamic meteorology, physical meteorology, radar and satellite remote sensing, physical oceanography, atmospheric chemistry and physics, air-sea interactions, along with air quality, and climate change science.

This website contains useful information for prospective students, including detailed descriptions of our department's research activities. It contains group activities and links to centers of research, individual research member's activities and interests as well as application forms for both undergraduate, diploma, and graduate programs, course listings and aspects of living in the cosmopolitan and exciting environment of the city of Montreal.

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences is located in Burnside Hall in the downtown Montreal Campus. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art computational, observational and laboratory facilities. The department's infrastructure also includes the Marshall radar facility in the West Island of Montreal.

AOS is addressing our society’s most crucial climate change issues through a unique combination of observations, modeling, and theory of our atmosphere and oceans. We invite you to consider joining us in our quest for a much deeper understanding of our earth system.

John R. Gyakum
Professor and Chair