Dept of Oceanography - Oceanography

The mission of the Oceanography department is to provide defense-relevant, advanced education and research programs to meet the Naval unique needs of operating below, on and above the oceans to increase the warfighting effectiveness of the U.S. Naval services as a member of the DOD Joint Force.

Since its inception in 1968, the NPS Oceanography Department faculty has developed internationally recognized research and education programs focused on pushing forward the frontiers of physical oceanography while at the same time meeting the future needs of the Navy. These synergistic goals work to the benefit of the scientific as well as warfighting communities.

Our recognized research programs are predominantly Navy (ONR 6.1 and 6.2, N45, NAV0) and NSF-funded  with strong Naval relevance.  This provides a cutting edge environment for thesis research. It also provides emphasis on vertical integration from basic research, to observational analysis, modeling and transitioning to operational Navy applications.

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Upcoming Events

June 24, 2024 to June 27, 2024
MORS 92nd Symposium
August 5, 2024 to August 9, 2024
JIFX 24-4
September 29, 2024 to October 3, 2024
EUCOM International Symposium

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Naval Postgraduate School
Department of Oceanography
833 Dyer Road, Bldg. 232, Room 328
Monterey, CA 93943-5122

(831) 656-2553

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Understanding the Battle Space Environment is the core of our METOC and Physical Oceanography masters and doctoral programs, reinforced through field research, data collection and capstone thesis

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The Oceanography Department areas of expertise include: Global and littoral/regional numerical prediction, including polar regions; nearshore oceanography and impact on mine-counter-measures and amphibious warfare; coastal oceanography including littoral processes, eddies, and boundary currents and morphology; and ocean acoustics, spanning acoustical oceanography, propagation modeling, and geo-acoustic measurements.


Welcome to the  Department of Oceanography. Our mission of research and education is fueled by the intellectual vitality and contributions of our faculty. Our high quality instruction and viable research program well prepare our  students on Decision Superiority through Battlespace Environment. Read more.

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Alumni Spotlight

LT. Kristen Ainslie, an undersea warfare oceanography student captured this self-portrait while participating in ICEX 2020. Ainslie’s research explores the acoustic dynamics of diffusive convection, often observed in the Arctic Ocean.

LT. Kristen Ainslie, USN