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MASTER 2nd year (M2)

Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate and  Spatial Observations (OACOS)

Director : Vladimir Zeitlin 

Sub-program of Master Programs:  Sciences of the Univers, Environment and Ecologie (SDUEE), and  Physics and Applications (PA)
University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC)


The program is co-accredited with:





Applications for the academic year  2016-2017:

Deadline for applications :  15 May 2017 (1st session) or 30 June 2017 ( 2nd session)

For applicants not residing in the EU an application via Campus France: is mandatory

Application forms (to be sent to the secretariat)

Dossier d'inscription M2(Pdf)

Dossier d'inscription M2 (odt)

Administrative applications at UPMC: 


Description of the  Program

The program aims at climate and environmental studies, including climate change, physical oceanography, meteorology and atmospheric processes, as well as methods and techniques of remote sensing. The diploma provides a basis for careers in public or private research laboratories, space-related entreprises,as well as public and privite bodies concerned by global environment and climatic risks.  The  M2 program is open for students succeeded the first year M1 OACOS, or equivalent, as well as for students of M1 programs in physics and applied mathematics.

The Program  is associated with the  Doctoral School  "Sciences pour l'Environnement d'Ile de France"


Possible orientations:

4 main sub-domains of specialisation are proposed:

with a corresponding choice of courses. Students  may also have a choice of courses according to an individual project

During the year M2 (semesters S3 et S4) a student has to validate  33 ECTS of courses (mandatory and elective), and 27 ECTS of research internship.



Organisation of the  OACOS  M2 program

The first semester  represents a common base of  24 ECTS of  fundamentals  and  specialisation. Three blocks of fundamentals are proposed : large-scale dynamical processes, physical processes in the atmosphere and the ocean, numerical tools. The  UE of specialisation (6ECTS minimum) allow further orientation towards  Physical methods of remote sensing, or Oceanography and/or Meteorology. A number of optional UE of  3 ECTS provide openings to connexe scientific domains  and/or  further specialisation.

This academic program is  completed by research internship occupying a major part of the second semester.


Scheme of the courses

 (The courses are given in English if non french-speaking students are present)



Tutorials  (depending on students' background)


Energetics of the climate  system (3ECTS)


Mandatory UEs

Large-scale processes in the atmosphere and the ocean- 6 to 9 ECTS

-        Atmospheric Circulation  (3ECTS)

-        Oceanic Circulation  (3ECTS)

-        Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (3ECTS)

Physical Processes in the atmosphère and the ocean- 3 to 9 ECTS

-        Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphère and the Océan (3ECTS)

-        Clouds, Precipitations and Aerosols (3ECTS)

-        Bio-geochemical Cycles: dynamical and radiative  couplings (3ECTS)


Numerical Tools- 6 to  9 ECTS

-        Modeling and numerical tools (3ECTS)

-        Data Assimilation   (3ECTS)

-        Statistical Data Analysis and  Image Processing  (3ECTS)

Physical methods of remote sensing - 15ECTS

-Waves and Radiation  (6 ECTS)

-Orbitography and Space Mechanics (3ECTS)

-Optical and  Micro-wave Radiometry   (3ECTS)

- Image Processing (3ECTS)


Meso-Scale Processes and Transport- 6 to 9 ECTS

-        Meso-Scale Dynamics and turbulencein the atmosphere and the ocean  (3ECTS)

-        Atmospheric Processes, boundary layer (3ECTS)

-        Oceanic Processes , coastal hydrodynamics (3ECTS)

Options- 6 ECTS

UE of 3 ECTS – conditional opening depending on the number of applications

Optional courses proposed in common with Ecole Polytechnique


Urbain Pollution

Sedimentary Hydrodynamics

Option "Climate"

-        Paleoclimates (with ICE-UVSQ)

-        Climate Variability in the  Tropics

-        other  possibilities within the program  LABEX L-IPSL

Scientific  Research


-        Research or  R&D internship of 4 months minimum, 27ECTS

-        Observations and experimental modeling of the atmosphere and the océan, 3ECTS