Welcome - 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 1, 2023
SG2023 Awards Ceremony
June 16, 2023
SG2023 Ceremony
August 7, 2023 to August 11, 2023
Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) 23-4

Contact Us


Contact Us

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

(831) 656-2552, (831) 656-2553

Office Fax:
(831) 656-2712

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Battle Space Environment: Our Approach to Educating Our Masters and Doctors Students

Educating our METOC and Physical Oceanography  masters and doctoral students is the most important activity of the department. Our education mission is to provide a sound understanding of the science of physical oceanography...Read more

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Brief Description of Areas of Expertise

The numerical prediction group has helped to develop the best global and regional models that are available anywhere; and group members evaluate and improve their physical realism for the Navy forecasting challenge, particularly in the areas of regional oceanography and global circulation and structure of the oceans...Read more


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