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The College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences has established more partnerships with professional agencies than any other college on the OU campus; links to these agencies are listed below. 

A&GS consistently brings in over $25 million in annual research grant funding. In 2016, the college was awarded a five-year, $166 million grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to advance the understanding of Earth’s natural exchanges of carbon between the land, atmosphere, and ocean.  It is the largest research grant in OU history.

Faculty and Student Research

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES) is a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America. Their mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems. To learn more, visit: http://geography.ou.edu

The School of Meteorology (SoM) at the University of Oklahoma is the largest such program in the nation, with approximately 250 undergraduate and nearly 90 graduate students. The School is routinely ranked near the top of the nation in terms of undergraduate awards, such as the annual number of undergraduate scholarships awarded from the NOAA Hollings and American Meteorological Society (AMS) programs.  For example, our students received 7 of the 23 Named Scholarships of the AMS.  Our graduate students are also quite successful in competing for awards with a Blue Water and Marshall Sherfield Fellowship among the top honors. Our students have received numerous best poster and best oral presentation awards at recent conferences and symposium. To learn more, visit: http://meteorology.ou.edu

Research Centers, Labs & Projects

The ARRC is involved in many aspects of radar research applied to studies of the atmosphere. Topics range from sophisticated radar signal processing to precipitation microphysical studies. To learn more, visit: http://arrc.ou.edu

The CAPS mission is to develop and demonstrate techniques for the numerical analysis and prediction of high-impact local weather and environmental conditions, with emphasis on the assimilation of observations from Doppler radars and other advanced in-situ and remote sensing systems. To learn more, visit: http://www.caps.ou.edu

The Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling (CASS) is a multidisciplinary research center managed through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships specializing in the development and application of uncrewed systems for environmental research. We achieve this by bringing together faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of disciplines such as  electrical engineering, computer science, data science and analytics, chemistry, geography, civil engineering, aerospace and mechanical engineering, physics, and meteorology. Areas of research focus currently include atmospheric chemistry, boundary layer structure and dynamics, data processing and visualization, earth science, and solution-based engineering. To learn more, visit https://ou.edu/cass

The Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA) is a multidisciplinary university research center specializing in the study and application of geospatial science and technology. To learn more, visit: http://www.csa.ou.edu

CIMMS provides a mechanism to link the scientific and technical resources of the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a center of research excellence in mesoscale meteorology, regional climate studies, and related subject areas. To learn more, visit: http://www.cimms.ou.edu

OKAGE is an organization for geography educators in Oklahoma, and is affiliated with the National Geographic Society and its national network of state geographic alliances and national geography organizations. To learn more, visit: http://okageweb.org

OCS was established in 1980 to provide climatological services to the people of Oklahoma, conduct research on the impacts of climate on human activities, and serve as a support facility for the State Climatologist. OCS has a legislative mandate to acquire, process, and disseminate climate and weather data and information for use by the state's citizens. To learn more, visit: http://www.ocs.ou.edu

The Oklahoma Mesonet consists of over 100 automated observing stations that continuously monitor numerous important weather and soil variables. The Oklahoma Mesonet Program is administered jointly by the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. To learn more, visit: http://www.mesonet.org

OSGC represents a statewide partnership of universities, a cooperative extension service, state government, city government, industry, and a major science museum working to enhance opportunities for Oklahomans to understand and participate in NASA's mission directorates by supporting programs in science, mathematics, engineering, technology, education, geography, and other aeronautics and space related disciplines throughout the state. To learn more, visit: http://spacegrant.oknasa.org

The South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (South Central CASC) is a partnership between the US Geological Survey and a consortium of seven member institutions consisting of the University of Oklahoma (OU), Texas Tech University (TTU), Louisiana State University (LSU), the Chickasaw Nation (CN), the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO), Oklahoma State University (OSU), and the University of New Mexico. The consortium has broad expertise in the physical, biological, natural, and social sciences to address impacts of climate change on land, water, fish and wildlife, ocean, coastal, and cultural resources. To learn more, visit https://southcentralclimate.org

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM): The ARM Program is the largest global change research program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It was created to help resolve scientific uncertainties related to global climate change, with a specific focus on the crucial role of clouds and their influence on radiative feedback processes in the atmosphere. To learn more, visit: http://www.arm.gov

Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA): CASA is a multi-university NSF Engineering Research Center that seeks to revolutionize the way we observe, understand, and predict hazardous weather by creating distributed collaborative adaptive sensing networks that sample the atmosphere where and when user needs are the greatest. To learn more, visit: http://www.casa.umass.edu

Oklahoma Mesonet Research Group: The Oklahoma Mesonet provides boundless opportunities for state-of-the-art research focused on testing new sensors, validation of satellite measurements and model output, and participating in specialized field research programs. The knowledge gained from such research projects is used to more accurately assess and predict the onset of drought conditions, develop new technologies, and improve weather forecasting. To learn more, visit: http://res.ocs.ou.edu

Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative (OWPI): (OWPI) investigates and promotes wind energy resources and economic information to policy makers, land owners, potential wind energy investors, and citizens of Oklahoma. To learn more, visit: http://www.seic.okstate.edu/owpi

Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching Radars (SMART-R): The SMART-R program uses three mobile doppler radar platforms for storm-scale research, and to enhance graduate and undergraduate education in radar meteorology. To learn more, visit: http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/smartradars

NWC Research Exploration

Dr. Berrien Moore III, Dean of the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences and Director of the National Weather Center (NWC), discusses how the NWC impacts research and student engagement at The University of Oklahoma.