The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona now offer the nation’s first graduate degree programs (MS, PhD) with a Major in Hydrometeorology. Faculty members in a variety of focus areas advise students, provide research opportunities, and teach courses for these degree programs. Refer to the list of Core Faculty and list of Focus Areas below for potential advisors.
Core Faculty: http://has.arizona.edu/people/core-faculty
Focus Areas in Terrestrial Hydrometeorology: http://has.arizona.edu/research-focus-areas#FocusTerr
The terrestrial water cycle includes the atmospheric component (water vapor, clouds, and precipitation) and the land component (surface and subsurface runoff, infiltration, evapotranspiration, snowmelt, river flow). Hydrometeorology plays a major role in weather and climate and strongly affects human activities.
Historically, the science and practice of hydrology has focused on land-related processes and has relied on prescribed atmospheric inputs (from observations or atmospheric model outputs, or through empirical estimates derived from conventional meteorological measurements). In other words, the land-generated feedbacks to the atmosphere have usually not been considered. In contrast, while the atmospheric sciences generate hydrologically-relevant forecasts, they tend to avoid dealing with the details of processes influencing feedbacks generated by the land surface.
Nature and Purpose of Program
The Major in Hydrometeorology provides the linkage of hydrology and atmospheric science. In establishing this linkage, it addresses the following questions:
The purpose of the UA Hydrometeorology Program is to become the first and premier Hydrometeorology program in the World. Our mission is to:
Submit all required application materials, including letters of recommendation, electronically with the Graduate College application. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
Request that official reports of the GRE exam and the TOEFL exam scores be reported to the University of Arizona (University Code 4832). Department or major codes are not required because all scores reported to the University of Arizona are accessible by all departments.
If you have questions about research, refer to the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences *Education/Graduate) website. Select a Faculty Advisor in your focus area of interest and contact that Faculty Member:
If you have questions about, or problems with, the Graduate College electronic application, including electronic submission of letters of recommendation, contact the staff member for Hydrometeorology in the HAS department.
Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
Ms. Lupe Romero, Graduate Coordinator, Hydrometeorology
firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-621-6831
Required test(s): GRE
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 157
Minimum GRE Written: 4.5
Minimum TOEFL: 550 or 9
Minimum IELTS: 7
Graduate Assistantship in Research or Teaching
Minimum credits: 33
Core coursework: UNDERGRADUATE COURSE PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION:
1 year college chemistry sequence
1 year college physics sequence
1 course in fluid mechanics or aerodynamics
1 course in calculus-based statistics for physical sciences or engineering
Math courses: calculus 1, calculus 2, vector calculus, introductory differential equations
REQUIRED ELECTIVE COURSES*
Students must take 6 units from each of the three areas listed below
1) Numerical Weather and Climate Prediction (6 units)
2) Systems Science and Methods (6 units)
3) Data Sciences (6 units)
*If the elective courses are not offered in a particular semester, the student may take an alternative related course after approval of his/her Advisor.
Students are required to take a minimum 3 units of ATMO/HWRS 910 for thesis research credit.
*If the elective course is not offered in a particular semester (e.g. if instructor is on sabbatical leave), the student may take an alternative related course after approval by his/her faculty advisor.
**Consult faculty advisor for details
Other requirements: A master's-level research project is required which should result in publication (preferred) or a master's thesis. A final oral examination defending the research (publication or thesis) is required. The three-person faculty committee examining the student will consist of the student's primary faculty adivsor, one primary faculty member in hydrology from the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, and one primary faculty member in atmospheric sciences from the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.
Currently, there is no official doctoral minor in Hydrometeorology. Consult with the appropriate department if you wish to declare a Doctoral Minor in Atmospheric Sciences or a Doctoral Minor in Hydrology.