Atmospheric Science

Study the science that surrounds us

Atmospheric Science research
in the department is focused on understanding the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere. We design and build instrumentation, conduct field and laboratory experiments, interpret observations, develop sophisticated models and advance theory.  Our research is performed in collaboration with students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Departments of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Engineering, and Oceanography.

Learn more about Dalhousie's atmospheric scientists and their research areas.

Diploma in Meteorology

Do you check the weather every morning before you go outside? Have you often looked up at the sky, watching unusual cloud patterns form? Are you fascinated by reports of extreme weather events here in Canada and around the globe? Dalhousie's Diploma in Meteorology (D.Met.) will allow you to explore in depth your interests in weather and atmospheric phenomena.

Students with a general 90 credit hour BSc degree in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, or other quantitative disciplines, may apply for admission into a one year Diploma in Meteorology program, provided they have completed the appropriate Physics and Mathematics courses. A strong background in Physics and Mathematics is necessary, and courses taken should cover Vector Calculus and differential equations.  

Course requirements:

  • PHYC 4505.03: Atmospheric Physics/PHYC 4570.03: Light Scattering, Radiative Transfer, and Remote Sensing
  • PHYC 4540.03: Synoptic Meteorology I/PHYC 4550.03: Synoptic Meteorology II
  • PHYC 4411.03: Atmospheric Dynamics I/PHYC 4412.03: Atmospheric Dynamics II
  • PHYC 4520.03: Introduction to Atmospheric Science/PHYC 4595.03: Atmospheric Chemistry
  • OCEA 4120.03:Physical Oceanography
  • OCEA 4220.03: Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans or another three credit hour course approved by Program Coordinator

After completion of the Diploma program, students are eligible to be considered for admission to a graduate program in Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie.

For more information, please go to the program details section.