ATOC 555: Tropical Field Course

Taught at McGill's Bellairs Research Institute in Holetown, Barbados.

Spend May 3-17 on Barbados; 2 weeks each for preparation & wrap-up in Montreal

Questions? Email Prof. John Gyakum at

Next Information Session: Wednesday Feb 27th


Are you interested in learning more about Climate Change and Natural Disasters?

Information Session by our department on courses and programs we offer.

Come meet our faculty and students on Thursday March 21 at 6 PM in Leacock 232 to chat about how to use science to address out pressing climate and environmental problems.

Congratulations to our PhD student Jing Feng on winning the Dr. and Mrs. Milton Leong Fellowship in Science.

The fellowship was established in 1994 through a donation of Dr. Milton H.K. Leong (B.Sc. 1966, M.D.,C.M. 1970) and Susanna S. C. Leong (Liang) (B.Sc. 1969, M.Sc. 1973). 

It is awarded to outstanding graduate students in the Faculty of Science. 

Master's student Amélie Desmarais watching for marine mammals during an expedition in the Arctic ocean on board the research vessel Polarstern

Photo courtesy of Charles Brunette

Entrance to McGill's Bellairs Research Institute in Holetown, Barbados. AOS conducts field course (ATOC 555) at this institute in the summer. Bellairs Research Institute is Canada's only teaching and research facility in the tropics.

ATOC 555 Barbados Field Course information session: Wednesday, February 27th at 5:00 PM in Burnside Hall room 934 

For AOS & ESS U2/U3 Undergraduate Students.

Graduate students for the academic year 2018-2019

Students from our Sea Ice Group (Charles Brunette, Pascal Bourgault, Amelie Desmarais) participated in Expedition PS115/2 on the Polarstern icebreaker (Sep 4 - Oct 16, 2018).

Photo courtesy of Amelie Desmarais.

About our Department

Burnside Hall

Our Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences is the largest university atmospheric-oceanic sciences group in Canada. It offers academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, covering a broad range of topics, ranging in scale from the microphysics of raindrops to the global circulation patterns observed in the atmosphere and oceans. It currently has about 20 undergraduate and 40 graduate students, many of whom come from abroad.

The department has a rich history, and has leaders in various fields of atmospheric science and physical oceanography. Many of the researchers in our department are members of the Centre for Climate and Global Change Research and work on climate change problems. Graduates of our various programs move forward to have careers in industry, government and academia.