UCAR Annual Meetings - 8 - 11 October 2007, Boulder, CO

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Oregon State University

Oregon State University (OSU) has been a UCAR member since 1971.   OSU’s College of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (COAS) offers graduate programs in oceanography, atmospheric science, and geophysics (MA, MS, and PhD degrees.  They have graduated 93 MS and 25 PhD students over the last 5 years.  They have a vibrant program in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences. 

The OSU faculty is outstanding, diverse in background and very productive in terms of refereed publications and external funding.  COAS has 110 PhD scientists.  Their curriculum is robust, especially at the graduate level in both disciplines.  The graduate program offers concentrations in:  atmospheric chemistry and pollution, atmospheric radiation and remote sensing, global climate dynamics, large-scale dynamics and planetary atmospheres, turbulence and convection, and statistical and applied meteorology.  There is an undergraduate major in atmospheric sciences offered.

The faculty and students are active in research and publication and have made significant contributions in these areas.  Staff and faculty continue to make major contributions in the atmospheric and ocean sciences in modeling and in field studies.  The institution operates two research vessels and a world-renowned facility (the Hatfield Marine Science Center) that supports both research and education outreach efforts.

The faculty and research staff maintains a significant involvement with UCAR, including research collaboration and governance   Participation in UCAR activities includes service on UCAR committees, participation in field programs supported by UCAR JOSS and RAF, long-term affiliation with staff and projects at NCAR, use of the NCAR CCSM, use of NCAR computing resources, use of NCAR general circulation model (CAM), joint NCAR and OSU appointment.

The UCAR Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of Oregon State University be continued as provided by the bylaws.