The School of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is established by the amalgamation of two departments that are related to planetary studies, viz., Earth Science (established in 1986) and Marine Sciences (1985) to deliver better together. Both these departments have a glorious past that would be carried forward to this school.
The significant coupling between lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and cryosphere necessitated a holistic approach to study earth system science rather than addressing each component of the earth system separately. The earth system is highly dynamic. The daunting task of Oceanographers, Earth Scientists, and Atmospheric Scientists are to understand the complex dynamics and wade through the present crisis of climate change and thus to create a sustainable environment for the human to survive.
The focus of the school is to provide quality education and research in earth system science steered through an integrated approach with a view to the deciphering process for sustainable development.
Since we have framed our syllabi in tandem with the NET syllabus, our pedagogy makes the courses offered by the school as the most favored in post graduating earth system science. The courses offered are strongly inter-disciplinary.
The research funding from external agencies are not only a measure of research quality but also a good judgment of the acclaim our faculty members held in academic and research arena. By this metric, we are doing well, as our school has the largest external cash flow amongst the science faculty in GU.
Funding is mainly from Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOEs), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Naval Research Board (NRB), University Grants Commission (UGC) along with Department of Science and Technology (DST). From the Academic year 2020 – 2021, the school plans to introduce a PG programme in Atmospheric Science. Outstanding faculty members will be recruited to carry out teaching and research for this programme. This will enable the school to have a strong inter-disciplinary faculty by the end of 2021. In addition to PG programmes, the school will provide the need-based certificate and PG diploma courses. Students registering for the Ph.D. degree will have the option to get a degree in any branch of the earth system science viz; Marine Science (Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marine Geology), Atmospheric Science, Hydrography, Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System, Polar Science and Environmental Science.