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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 Sarkeys Energy Center. Our 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 Aviation Studies at the University of Oklahoma has been a staple of OU's campus since 1947. The OU Aviation Program has prided itself on providing students with quality aviation instruction paired with a solid business foundation from a nationally ranked institution. OU Aviation offers a bachelor’s degree in Aviation with four concentrations for students to consider, each allowing for the development of knowledge, leadership, and communication skills required to work in management positions. The goal of the School is to prepare all graduates of the program to have developed a depth of understanding of the Aviation industry and been afforded the opportunity to prepare for an aviation-related professional career following graduation. To learn more, visit: http://aviation.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’s mission is to enhance safety, security, environmental quality, and economic prosperity through interdisciplinary research and development of innovative radar solutions to a wide range of societal challenges. The ARRC has always focused on developing cutting-edge radar technology for scientific discovery and has now expanded into many more applications of radar and applied electromagnetics. 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 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

CIWRO provides a mechanism that links the scientific and technical resources of OU and NOAA together, to create a center of research for mesoscale meteorology, regional climate studies, and related subject areas. To learn more, visit: https://ciwro.ou.edu

The FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP), includes 26 academic members and 45+ industry partners responsible for conducting research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engineers, pilots, and technicians. The COE also examines human factors issues such as changes in learner expectations and best practices for innovative technologies in training a new generation of learners. For more information: https://coetthp.org

University of Oklahoma Air Traffic Control. Clipart of a plane infront of a watch tower.

The School of Aviation Studies’ state-of-the-art aviation simulator center features advanced flight and air traffic control simulation labs with full weather/instrument visibility training. The Sim Center also operates as a simulation lab for TRACON, Enroute Non-Radar, Radar and Tower. This creates the perfect learning environment for students looking to graduate with experience and confidence in their aviation careers.

OKAGE is an organization for geography educators and professionals 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 provides 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

For more than 30 years, Sooner Flight Academy has provided memorable learning experiences for K-12 students by encouraging inquiry and exploration. Through the use of hands-on activities designed to help kids understand more about the world around them to discover exciting possibilities using math, science, and aviation principles. To learn more, visit: flightcamp.ou.edu 

The South Central CASC is a partnership between the US Geological Survey and a consortium of seven member institutions consisting of the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Louisiana State University, the Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, 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: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/tools/radar/mobile/

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.