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Studying What are Possible Thesis Topics for Atmospheric Physics?

  1. Oct 5, 2016 #1
    Can you suggest possible master thesis topics relating to atmospheric physics? I have a bachelor's degree in physics and I mostly comfortable in numerical and theoretical physics. Since this field is somewhat new to me, I need to have a number of options on what topics to choose from.

    Thank you in advance.
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  3. Oct 5, 2016 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    There are literally thousands possible ... what you need to do is approach a thesis supervisor and see what they suggest.
    It is unlikely that you will have much choice anyway.

    One of my suggested MSc topics was to do with storm systems on Mars :)
  4. Oct 6, 2016 #3
    Thank you for your reply. Speaking of the atmosphere of other planets, where can I get data for these?

    Also, is there a good book on atmospheric physics?
  5. Oct 6, 2016 #4

    Fervent Freyja

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    Improving predictive models for things like droughts that could damage agriculture in regions where the people already struggle to feed themselves? Forecasting dust storms that could wreck havoc on a nations agricultural economy (China, for example). Predictive models showing regions most at risk to wildfires? The list goes on.
  6. Oct 7, 2016 #5

    Simon Bridge

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    ... you have BSc, contemplating a MSc ... and these are the questions you are asking?
    I take it you have been away from college for a while?

    It's like I said: ask whoever is to supervise you. At Auckland University MSc students got 1 year theoretical - which was mostly to bring students up to speed with the research areas the University supported, and let the various profs have a look at them. Then students would approach likely supervisors - or projects would recruit likely looking students in the program.
    That first year is where I learned what my options would be.

    Different tertiary institutions do things in other ways, but it would be extremely unusual for a Master's student to pick their own topic.
    So start with the college you want to do your post-grad work in, see what their research programs are, and read around those to see what interests you as an application of your skills. Definitely seek advise from the college masters program organizers - there's usually a dean or something.
  7. Nov 2, 2016 #6
    Thank you for your advise. Yes, I have been away from college for a while, a little more than 3 years since I graduated from college.
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