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The Department is housed near the center of FSU’s campus in buildings equipped with cutting-edge laboratories and precision instruments. The Current Meter Facility, housed in Oceanography’s main building, assists with marine operations, research cruises, instrument deployments and maintenance, data aquisition, and issues related to marine measurements.

FSU also operates the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory, located at St. Teresa Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The Marine Lab offers a fleet of research vessels, housing, a computer laboratory, an auditorium, several greenhouses, classrooms, laboratories and a fully-operational scientific diving program.

The Department is also affiliated with The Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility (AMGRF), which is a national repository for geological materials collected in and around Antarctica. The Facility houses and curates over 20,000 meters of deep-sea core-sediment, 6000 meters of rotary drilled continental and shallow-water cores, as well as over 5,000 kg of dredge, trawl, and grab samples — the largest such Antarctic and Southern Ocean collection in the world. These materials have been acquired from over 90 USAP research cruises and field expeditions.

Meteorology students enjoy the benefits from advanced scientific equipment and a cooperative research environment with the department of Mathematics, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute, and the Department of Scientific Computing. Scientific computations are handled by workstations and microcomputers within the Department. A suite of applications is available to access, manipulate, and display meteorological data. This and other departmental computer systems communicate through a local area ethernet network that provides access to the campus computing processors, a High Performance Computing cluster, as well as to all national and international networks.

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The department receives a full suite of products through the National Weather Service Family of Services, as well as Doppler weather radar products (national and local), and GOES satellite images. Many of these products can be viewed in real-time at various locations in the Love Building and on our website ( The departmental “map room” also displays many of these products and has a suite of computer terminals to access all other products. A Direct Readout Ground Station (DRGS) for the direct reception of a GOES satellite data is available to support research and education. This system includes various interactive satellite-domestic data video display systems for generating high quality weather graphics. In conjunction with these facilities, the department maintains a television studio for student participation in weather television broadcasting. The department also houses the office of the State Climatologist of Florida who maintains a climatic database.

The department maintains a reading room with an assortment of texts and meteorological journals. In addition, more than 1.7 million books and periodicals with extensive holdings of maps, governmental documents and microfilm materials are housed in the University library. The University also has a Science Library (The Paul Dirac Science Library), which supplements the central university library. This facility houses a substantial collection of scientific volumes and periodicals conveniently located adjacent to the Love building.

The department also maintains an instrumentation laboratory to support education and research in the area of experimental meteorology. Furnished with state-of-the-art measurement systems, students are exposed to practical fieldwork situations and laboratory problem solving.

The Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service is co-located with the department. The faculty, students, and NWS staff collaborate on a wide range of studies. In addition, the department houses the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Tropical Meteorology (CITM). This cooperative research has an emphasis on hurricane studies, flash floods, tropical convection, and local weather. Student participation is a large component of the program.

Specialized atmospheric studies can make use of the air and water chemistry laboratories in the Oceanography program, the electron microscope in the Biology department, and the particle accelerator in the Physics department. There are extensive laboratory facilities for simulating large-scale atmospheric and oceanic motions in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute. The Edward Ball Coastal Marine Laboratory, located 45 miles south of Tallahassee on the Gulf of Mexico, has research and teaching facilities for marine environmental studies.

Whether your interests lie in ocean sciences, atmospheric science, or geoscience, the FSU Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science is ready to help you reach your goals.

Meteorology has close ties with the ocean sciences through its direct connection with the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) and its association with the Oceanography program. This provides additional benefits to the Meteorology faculty through direct access to Oceanography’s facilities. Oceanography is currently involved in numerous research projects, including ocean modeling with supercomputers, current meter deployment and retrieval, analysis of environmental pollution, and ocean biology. Their facilities include laboratories for radiochemistry, trace element analysis, organic geochemistry, water analysis, phytoplankton ecology, numerical modeling, and fluid dynamics.

The Florida State University has established an interdisciplinary Department of Scientific Computing to support both graduate and undergraduate concentrations, provide a leading-edge high-performance computational facility, and contribute to a high level of computational culture beneficial to the nation, and the State.

The Department is also actively involved in K-12 meteorological education on both the state and national levels. One such program, Florida EXPLORES!, has received state, national and international recognition for its success in improving math and science education. This project allows K-12 classrooms across Florida to participate in direct observation and retrieval of meteorological data, including satellite imagery, in support of each school’s mathematics and science curricula.



Center for Ocean & Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS)

Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility

National High Magnetic Research Laboratory

FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory