M.Tech. in Climate Science
Climate Change is one of the most challenging problems of the 21st century. The Nobel committee recognized this and awarded the Nobel peace prize to the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization concerned with creating awareness about climate change. If you would like to be a part of the community of scientists and engineers who explore Earth's climate variability and find ways to cope with rapid climate change, consider joining the new M.Tech. program in Climate Science at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS), Indian Institute of Science.
Course Content : The program is designed for students with a Bachelor's degree from any branch of Engineering or a Masters degree in the Physical Sciences. Addressing the science of climate change requires a sound understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the climate and its evolution along with skills in observational, computational and data analysis techniques. This M.Tech. program is designed to achieve this by exposing the students to a variety of courses covering topics like atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, ocean dynamics, cloud physics, radiative heat transfer and climate, observational techniques, satellite meteorology, numerical modeling of climate, statistical techniques and data interpretation.
Career Opportunities : The subject is multi-disciplinary, intellectually exciting and addresses issues directly relevant to our society and future. Students who graduate from this program can continue for a Ph.D. in Climate Science or pursue careers in climate science in government organizations or industry. A new ministry called the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has been recently created by the Government of India to tackle challenging problems in atmospheric, oceanic and earth sciences related to climate change. Various organizations under MoES, namely, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology Pune (IITM), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information System Hyderabad (INCOIS), Climate Change Centre at Pune (newly established), National Centre for Medium Weather Forecasts New Delhi (NCMWRF), National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research Goa (NCAOR) along with other organizations such as the Indian Space Research Organization and the National Institute of Oceanography are interested in scientists and engineers trained in Climate Science. There are several new private companies in the area of wind and solar energy development as well as environmental issues who are looking for people trained in climate science.
Admission Procedure : The selection for this program is through GATE scores and an interview. Candidates with a B.E./B.Tech. or equivalent degree in any discipline (with GATE in Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Sciences) or M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in the Physical Sciences (with GATE in Geology & Geophysics, Physics) are encouraged to apply. Based on their GATE scores, candidates will be called for a written test and personal interview during April. Selection will be based on performance of the candidate in the written test and interview.
Important Dates :
Issue of Application forms : February-March.
Last date for receipt of completed application forms : March end.
Interview at IISc : Mid-April.
Course Structure : The proposed M.Tech. program is designed to give a broad foundation to work in atmosphere, ocean and climate related problems. The core courses, consisting of 21 credits, will cover basics of atmosphere, ocean and earth system covering both theoretical and observational aspects. Electives, a minimum of 15 credits, will enable specialization. The project work carries 28 credits, and expected to give further depth in the area of specialization.
Total Credits = 64 (Project = 28, Core Courses = 21 and Elective Courses = 15)
Core courses (21 credits)
Introduction to Earth System
Atmospheric Radiation and Climate
Project (28 credits)
Elective Courses (15 credits) Elective courses can be chosen from CAOS, CES, Civil, CEaS, Mechanical, Chemical and Aerospace Engineering, or from the Division of Electrical Sciences and the Super Computer Education and Research Centre. The following courses offered in CAOS are available :
Numerical Methods for Geophysical Fluid Flows
Mathematical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics