*K. P. Hamilton, PhD (Chair)—dynamical meteorology and climate
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
A. D. Clarke, PhD—marine aerosols, biogeochemical cycles, optical
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
P. G. Black, PhD—aircraft analysis of hurricanes
Degrees Offered: BS in meteorology, MS in meteorology, PhD in meteorology
The Academic Program
Meteorology (MET) is the study of phenomena in the Earth’s atmosphere. These phenomena include the daily weather and climate. Students pursuing the BS in meteorology receive preparation for professional employment in meteorology and are qualified for employment in the federal meteorological agencies. The meteorology major must be well-grounded in the fundamentals of mathematics and physics. Thus BS graduates are qualified to pursue graduate studies both in meteorology and other applied sciences, such as oceanography or computer sciences. Graduate degrees prepare students to pursue research careers both with government and in academia.
The meteorology program at UH Manoa is unique in its focus on tropical meteorology. The tropics comprise 50 percent of Earth’s surface and exert critical controls on the global atmosphere. BS students receive comprehensive training in tropical weather analysis and forecasting. Graduate students often pursue thesis research in tropical meteorology; some study topics that take advantage of Hawai‘i’s unique natural laboratory. Some students pursue graduate thesis research with funding from the National Weather Service, whose Honolulu Weather Forecast Office is housed in the same building as the meteorology department. Meteorology faculty cooperate actively with physical oceanography faculty through the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (and the International Pacific Research Center) in the study of air-sea interaction and climate variability. Students also have access to both research databases and cooperative employment opportunities at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Pearl Harbor.
UH is an active member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
The department has one undergraduate adviser, who may be contacted through the department office (808) 956-8775. Graduate students are assigned individual faculty advisers by the graduate chair after their preliminary conference.
Students must complete 124 credit hours, including:
Students must complete 15 credit hours of non-introductory courses, including:
The department offers MS and PhD degrees. Through courses in dynamic, synoptic, and physical meteorology, students develop a strong foundation in tropical meteorology, the department’s special field, and are prepared to do research in the atmospheric sciences.
Candidates should have a thorough preparation in physics (with calculus), chemistry, and mathematics through differential equations. Undergraduate courses in physical, dynamic and synoptic meteorology are expected, but they can be taken in the first year.
All students in the program must complete two seminar courses of MET 765 (Alpha) involving active participation as speaker and listener.
At the master’s level, only Plan A (thesis) is available, requiring a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis. A minimum of 18 credit hours, exclusive of MET 699, MET 700, and MET 765 must be earned for the MS degree. All students must complete MET 600, 610, 620, and a synoptic analysis course (MET 412 or MET 416) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for those courses. Additionally, at least one other elective MET graduate course (i.e., 600 or 700 level) must be passed with a grade of at least B. A thesis examination is required.
The PhD student exhibits a higher level of independence and originality of thought than that required of the MS student.
In order to acquire and demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in atmospheric science, each student is required to pass the graduate core curriculum (MET 412 or 416 and 600, 610, 620) and at least eight graduate level courses numbered 600 and above with a grade of B- or higher in dynamic, synoptic, physical, tropical meteorology, oceanography and other closely related fields. The student needs to have a 3.0 GPA for the core courses and must also satisfy the graduate Division GPA requirements. At least five of these courses must be taken at the Manoa campus. The comprehensive examination is taken after the completion of these eight courses, but no later than the student’s 24th month in the PhD program. The purpose of this exam is to ascertain the student’s comprehension of the broad field of study (meteorology) so that he/she is well prepared for PhD research. The first part is a set of written exercises composed by the student’s committee members. The student writes the exam on a single day. Within three to seven days after the written exam, the student sits for the oral portion with his/her committee. No later than 12 months after successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student is required to submit a written research proposal to the dissertation committee. The committee must approve the proposal by a majority vote. In addition to meteorology courses listed in this Catalog, students may take courses in related disciplines such as engineering, information and computer sciences, geography, mathematics, oceanography, and physics, with the concurrence of the academic adviser.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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