Photo: Philipp Arndt, SIO/UCSD
What is Climate Geophysics?
- Climate Geophysics investigates dynamic processes at and near Earth’s surface to give insight into physical and chemical properties revealing climate evolution affecting communities worldwide.
Geophysics allows us to combine the data we observe with physics models to “see” into our oceans, throughout our atmosphere, under glaciers, across permafrost zones, and into groundwater reservoirs beneath our feet. By combining geophysical data and models, we can refine our understanding of how our climate functions and better forecast future risks and design strategies to reduce the impact of climate change.
Geophysicists deploy a buoy. (Photo: Gwendal Marechal)
Explore the Work
Climate Geophysicists map the global oceans and give insight into how wave dynamics and ocean currents impact climate. (Photo: Bia Villas Bôas, Mines)
Climate Geophysicists gather data on ice sheet topography and water flow, revealing how glacial dynamics impact the global climate. (Photo: Matthew Siegfried, Mines)
Climate Geophysicists quantify global water quality and distribution and assess drought conditions’ onset, duration and impact. (Photo: Getty)
Climate Geophysicists monitor the state of global permafrost to assess how its gradual long-term degradation impacts climate evolution. (Photo: NASA)
Components of the Track
- GPGN 420 Electrical & Electromagnetics
- GPGN 470 Remote Sensing
- GPGN 474 Hydrogeophysics
- GPGN 4xx Oceanography*
- GPGN 4xx Glaciology*
*Course is under development
Geology and Geological Engineering
- GEGN 466 Groundwater
- PHYS 200 Physics II: Electromagnetics and Optics
- MATH 201 Intro to Statistics