Chair's Message

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) at McGill is one of the few departments in Canada dedicated exclusively to the study of the atmosphere and oceans, the two dominant fluid systems on earth. The size and productivity of AOS, combined with its exceptional student training environment, make it one of the top programs for atmosphere--ocean study in North America.

Our Undergraduate programs provide students with a unique combination of training in weather analysis and forecasting, climate science, physical meteorology, and dynamics. A large teacher-to-student ratio provides numerous research opportunities to each student, which can lead to authorship of peer-reviewed scientific publications. Students completing their B. Sc. in atmospheric science have a large range of employment opportunities, including government (operational weather forecasting, climate policy, etc.), industry (insurance, forecasting applications, renewable energy, etc.) and academia (research and graduate study).

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 and Climate Change Canada and other employers of atmospheric or oceanic scientists.

Our Graduate program offers degrees at both the M. Sc and Ph. D. levels. This program offers students the opportunity to work in numerous research areas, such as weather analysis and prediction, climate processes and prediction, atmospheric chemistry (sometimes referred to as "air quality"), geophysical fluid dynamics, radar and satellite remote sensing, and severe weather.

This website contains useful information for prospective students, including detailed descriptions of our department's research activities. It contains research group activities and links to faculty and student profiles, job opportunities, our academic curriculum, application forms for both undergraduate, diploma, and graduate programs, course listings and aspects of living in the cosmopolitan 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 Observatory in the West Island of Montreal and will soon include a large observational network encompassing much of the St. Lawrence Valley in Quebec.

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

Daniel Kirshbaum
Associate Professor and Chair