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The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
170 - 6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

Atmospheric Science (PhD) - Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science

   
Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Description The Atmospheric Science Programme, jointly sponsored by the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the Department of Geography, conducts teaching and research in atmospheric science. It is an interdisciplinary programme, with faculty members coming from not only these two departments, but also from Agricultural Sciences, Chemistry, and Applied Science, with research covering boundary layer and urban meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, climate and climate variability, weather and climate prediction, cloud physics, atmosphere-ocean interactions, geophysical fluid dynamics, and interactions between the atmosphere and land (especially vegetation and soil). The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC, one of the largest geoscience groups in Canada is composed of over 40 full-time faculty, a staff complement of 30, a total of 40 research associates and postdoctoral fellows. We engage in fundamental research in atmospheric science, both independently and in co-operation with federal and provincial laboratories and other research groups around the world. The emphasis of the research is on studies of processes and developing physical understanding of the atmosphere. The research commonly involves field or laboratory measurement and observation; data analysis and interpretation; and numerical model construction, modification and validation. The group is well equipped for research on most characteristics of the atmospheric boundary layer. In addition to conventional meteorological instruments, there are systems for sensing all component fluxes of the radiation and energy budgets, eddy correlation systems for turbulent heat fluxes; two 30 m towers, one fixed and one mobile; mini-sonde, two tethersondes and ozone sondes, and acoustic radar for probing boundary layer structure; and a portable network of ten independently logged anemometers and thermometers. The group is well supplied with analogue and digital data logging systems, micro-computers and facilities for digital image analysis. It also operates its own vehicles. For computer modelling, there is a "Monster" IBM Linux cluster with 264 processors + 8 itanium processors. There are also two smaller Beowulf clusters, and numerous workstations.
Website: Atmospheric Science (PhD) - Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science at The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Areas of Research: * boundary layer and micrometeorology, including turbulence and urban meteorology * weather, including mesoscale meteorology, numerical weather prediction and weather disasters * air pollution and atmospheric chemistry * climate, including climatology, climate variability and prediction, earth system modelling, climate change, remote sensing of clouds * ocean-atmosphere interactions * biometeorology, including agricultural and forest meteorology * geophysical fluid dynamics
Thesis Based? Yes
Enrolment #: 30
Requirements
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 76
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 200] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 81]

Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: September 15, 2017