Graduate School of Oceanography

URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the world’s premier academic institutions of oceanography and ocean exploration. GSO’s research, education, and outreach activities advance our knowledge of the world’s ocean.


GSO’s research projects and outreach activities, evident at home in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s coastal waters, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from the upper atmosphere to Earth’s core, span the globe with dozens of international collaborations. In the course of their endeavors, GSO scientists and outreach professionals also advance use of innovative instrumentation and technologies and carry out projects addressing natural hazards and human impacts. Common scientific and educational goals fundamentally rest on improving scientific understanding of the complex processes shaping oceans and coasts.

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