Background : In the last two decades, important knowledge has emerged about the present
climate of the earth and its dramatic changes in the past. Indeed, new observations from field experiments,
satellites and ocean buoys, together with theoretical calculations and powerful computer models,
have helped in understanding complexities of the climate. In light of this complexity, there are
several fundamental open questions, and quite surely, new discoveries on the horizon.
With increasing demand for more accurate weather and climate forecasts, the prospects for
young researchers are bright. The challenges of understanding and prediction of climate are
multidisciplinary, we welcome science and engineering graduates to join us in this
Based on the expertise of the CAOS faculty, specific areas of study include
aerosols and their impact on the climate, atmosphere-ocean-climate modeling, carbon cycle modeling,
cloud physics, geophysical fluid dynamics, monsoon variability and
prediction, physical-chemical-biological oceanography, spatio-temporal scaling
in geophysical data, and tropical convection.
Career Opportunities : Several univerisities and government organizations such as the Ministry
of Earth Science, the Indian Space Research Organization, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
and the Armed Forces require scientists trained in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Further, as the economy
has grown, there has been an increase in industrial applications of weather and climate information. Prominent sectors
among these are : the agriculture industry, aviation, energy resources, insurance & financial services,
oil & gas
exploration and risk management. We expect this demand from the private sector to grow in the coming years.
CAOS alumni have gone on to work and/or study in reputed institutions within India and abroad. This includes
ISRO, the National Aerospace Laboratory, IITM-Pune, INCOIS-Hyderabad, CDAC, TCS, TERI, Siemens, Intel and
numerous universities and research labs in the US, Japan
and the European Union. Details of our alumni placement can be found here.
The graduate academic programs :
Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Climate Science : This program is designed for students with
a Bachelor's degree from any branch of Engineering, or Master of Science in the Physical Sciences. This is a
two year program which consists of course work and a project. It is intended to provide a sound foundation
in the theory of the atmosphere-ocean-climate system, and to develop skills in computational, data analysis
and observational techniques. Details of the
background, admission procedure, course content and career opportunities associated with this program
are outlined here, the information can also be downloaded here.
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Engineering (by research) : This program is designed for students with bachelors degree
in any branch of Engineering, or a Master of Science degree in any branch of science
(with exposure to Mathematics either at undergraduate or postgraduate level).
Students are selected based on an interview if they have passed a national examination such as GATE,
UGC-CSIR NET or the entrance test conducted by the Indian Institute of Science.
The program's intended duration
is two to two-and-a-half years. Candidates are required to successfully take 4-6 courses followed by research
work that culminates in a thesis. On completion of the M.Sc. students may choose to continue for a Ph.D. at
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) : Requirements :
ME / M Tech or BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any branch of engineering
including Atmospheric Sciences or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physics,
Mathematics, Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanic Sciences. Candidates should
have taken a course/paper in mathematics involving differential
equations” at graduateor postgraduate level. Those having BE/ B Tech or
MSc degree need to pass a national level examination (GATE, CSIR-UGC,
entrance test conducted by IISc, etc) to be called for interview.
Important dates in regard to admission to CAOS :
Issue of Application Forms : February-March.
Receipt of Completed Application Forms : March end.
M.Tech. Interview : Mid-April.
Research program Interviews (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) : Mid-June.
Commencement of Semester : First of August.
General information about the admission process at IISc : IISc Admissions