Introduction and History

 

The Meteorology Graduate Program began in 1975, with its first title awarded in 1980. Currently, 96 students are regularly enrolled in the program, of which 51 are in the master’s course and 45 are in the doctoral course (2016).

Meteorologists, physicists and mathematicians are traditionally the most interested in applying for the program. However, new research areas added to the program have attracted geographers, biologists, chemists, engineers, among other professionals. For further information concerning the progression and number of titles awarded throughout the years, search the “Statistics” tab in the superior menu of the program’s website.

The Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES – Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) is a Brazilian government funding agency that supports graduate students in universities and research centers in Brazil and abroad. CAPES performs periodic assessments of all national graduate courses through reports produced from each program. The Meteorology Graduate Program from IAG-USP has achieved grade 7 in the last two assessments. Grades 6 and 7 are awarded exclusively to programs that offer doctoral courses with excellence and performance equivalent to distinguished international teaching and research centers, hold high levels of international insertion, great capacity in forming new teaching and research groups, and whose academic staff displays leadership and representativeness in their respective communities.

Objectives of the Meteorology Graduate Program:

The Meteorology graduate program from the University of São Paulo forms researchers and professionals with strong knowledge in atmospheric sciences. Apart from traditional areas, the new fields such as climate change, atmosphere-biosphere interaction, ocean-atmosphere interaction, in addition to air pollution and its effects on man and the environment are part of program researches.

The solid groundwork offered in these areas enables students to perform with autonomy and skillfulness when facing academic and professional challenges that may arise.

Strategies adopted to meet the program’s objectives include:

i) Offering courses with high level and thorough evaluation of its students, demanding deep knowledge in Physics and Mathematics. Researchers are encouraged to use computer programming technology and become acquainted with new meteorological instrumentation and methodologies. Students are assessed through exams, seminar presentations, monographs and assignments;

ii) Maintaining the high performance computational infrastructure updated through research projects coordinated by professors from the program, support funds intended to bolster graduate studies and infrastructure, and also via resources from provision of services;

iii) Promoting and stimulating the exchange of professors and students with other educational and research institutions, nationally and abroad. Such exchanges have occurred by participating in major research projects, mobilizing a considerable amount of professors. These projects are developed with researchers from other national and international institutions, and support from international resources. Several students develop dissertations and theses related to the major projects.

iv) Encouraging cooperation with other Brazilian and international research centers. Visiting researchers present lectures and courses. Joint scholarships (bolsas sanduíche) are granted so students may study abroad, participating in workshops, scientific meetings, congresses and symposia in Brazil or abroad.

v) Consolidating the Department's research laboratories, also used in practice sessions which allow students to gain experience with the environment of experimental research and numerical modeling.