The study of climate change and possible implications for mankind is one field in which fundamental knowledge of the oceans and the atmosphere is applied.
The mission of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) is to contribute to the basic science of the oceans, atmosphere and cryosphere. To achieve this we try to maintain an open and stimulating research and study environment in which students and staff are inspired to give their best. Education is an essential part of our mission and our researchers are therefore active teachers in the bachelor and master programs of our university.
The IMAU was established on 24 September 1991. It is based in the Faculty of Science, department of Physics, with a significant contribution from the Faculty of Geosciences.
There are about 15 staff members available to run the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes and to carry out research projects. Through the years, the IMAU has been successful in acquiring funds from outside the university, notably from NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), SRON (Space Research Organization Netherlands), several ministries and the European Union. With these funds a large number of Ph.D.-students and post-docs, in recent years about 50 is employed.
More and more national and foreign students come to participate in our Master and Ph.D. Programme. They discover that we offer a wide range of first-class courses. In recent years about 15 students per year receive their Msc in Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate.