The Departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona have collaborated to offer the nation’s first graduate degree programs (MS, PhD) with a Major in Hydrometeorology. Faculty members in both departments advise students, provide research opportunities, and teach courses for these degree programs (refer to the Faculty List below for potential advisors).
The terrestrial water cycle includes the atmospheric component (water vapor, clouds, and precipitation), addressed by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the land component (surface and subsurface runoff, infiltration, evapotranspiration, snowmelt, river flow), addressed by the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources. 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 Hydrometeorology Program website, select a Faculty Advisor in your 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 in your Faculty Advisor's Home Department.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Ms. Lupe Romero, Graduate Coordintor
firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-621-6831
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
Ms. Olivia Hanson, Graduate Coordintor
email@example.com or 520-621-3131
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's home department 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 from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and one primary faculty member from the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources.
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.