Center for Atmosphere-Ocean Science

The Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science is a unit of the Department of Mathematics, within the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  Our mission is to advance our understanding of and ability to predict the coupled atmosphere, ocean and ice system through the use of mathematical and computational tools and analysis of observations; and to train the next generation of leading theoretical and computational climate scientists to face one of the most consequential problems of the 21st century.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: The Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science comprises students, postdocs and faculty. Our program values equity, diversity and inclusion as essential elements of an effective, safe and ethical research and educational environment.   It is our responsibility to remove barriers to knowledge and resources that limit access for marginalized groups;  to create a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for all our members and the communities with which we interact; and to continually evaluate ourselves, our program, and our educational and research outcomes to ensure we live up to these standards.

News & Research

  • A novel prediction framework to forecast extreme meteorological events

    Nov. 4, 2021

    Jonathon Weare and Ed Gerber with a graduate student at the University of Chicago: Justin Finkel just published a study adopting a novel prediction framework from computational chemistry to forecast extreme meteorological events. The paper is published in Monthly Weather Review. Read More

  • Faculty position in Climate and Mathematics at Courant

    Oct. 6, 2021

    CAOS seeks candidates for an open-rank faculty position at the intersection of climate science and mathematics, anticipated to begin in September 2022. This search is part of a multi-department cluster hire in Predicting Climate Change and its Impacts: From the Global to Urban Scale that seeks to create a diverse, inter-disciplinary cohort to devise cutting edge research and curricular development.   Read More


  • NYU to Join NSF-Backed AI-Based Climate Modeling Center

    Oct. 1, 2021

    New York University will join a new, NSF-supported center, Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics (LEAP), that will develop the next generation of data-driven, physics-based climate models. Zanna, a co-director of LEAP’s research arm, and her NYU colleagues will focus specifically on machine learning models for ocean processes. Read More

  • Andrew Majda, 1949-2021

    April 16, 2021

    CAOS mourns the passing of our colleague, and the Center's founder, Professor Andrew Majda. You may read more about Andy's remarkable life, and outsized contributions to mathematics and science, here. Read More

  • Centennial response of Greenland’s three largest outlet glaciers

    Jan. 5, 2021

    David Holland and colleagues have used historical photographs to extend the climate record of ice loss in Greenland back beyond the modern satellite era to almost a century and a half ago. The study significantly improves the temporal resolution of ice loss during that period showing a complex multi decadal pattern of increased and lessened loss rates. Read More

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