Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

RSMAS or “The Marine School” includes six divisions, each with significant research activities that are supported primarily by federal research grants and industry partners. Research at focuses on ways to improve understanding and prediction of the Earth’s geological, oceanic, and atmospheric systems in order to provide a sound scientific basis for managing natural resources and adapting impacts of natural disasters and global change. Research topics are wide-ranging and include investigation of the climate and the environment with an eye toward defining the ecological, biogeochemical and societal imprints on the environment in a changing climate and predicting, simulating and understanding climate variability and changes on time-scales of seasons to centuries. Another research area is predicting the fate of hydrocarbons (oil) released into the environment. The overall goal of these studies is to guide risk management and response efforts to minimize damage to human health, the economy and the environment.

Active programs aims at defining sustainable coastal ecosystem and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are also underway. A long standing research area looks at the relationships between oceans and human health. This work involves research into the integrated biomedical and oceanographic sciences for the safety of human and animal activity threatened by contamination and toxins in seafood supply and coastal marine waters. Lastly, RSMAS scientists are working to improve severe weather observations and predictions. Using new observational technologies and advanced air-wave-sea-land coupled numerical models to improve the prediction of the track and intensity of tropical cyclones and other disastrous natural events, these researchers are addressing some of the most challenging problems in marine, atmospheric, and geophysical sciences.