About the Sustainable URban Futures (SURF) Lab
The Sustainable URban Futures (SURF) Lab is led by Dr. Chenghao Wang and is in the School of Meteorology and the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma.
About the University of Oklahoma
Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma just 20 mins. south of Oklahoma City, one of the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States. The university is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” (Carnegie Classification).
OU’s Norman undergraduate population is slightly more than 20,000, giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. With three campuses in Oklahoma, OU also offers study abroad opportunities at several locations and OU campuses overseas.
Resources about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Campus
OU Norman Land Acknowledgement Statement
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
About the School of Meteorology
The School of Meteorology is the largest such program in the nation, with approximately 250 undergraduate and nearly 90 graduate students. The School is routinely ranked near the top of the nation in terms of undergraduate awards, such as the annual number of undergraduate scholarships awarded from the NOAA Hollings and American Meteorological Society (AMS) programs.
The School has established exchanges with the University of Reading in the UK, Monash University in Australia, and Hamburg University in Germany. Recent linkages have also been established with Kyoto University in Japan and Nanjing University in China.
The graduate program is selective with an admission process based on a holistic look at the applicant’s academic abilities and accomplishments, references, awards, research experience and fit to our research funding. Graduate Programs in the School of Meteorology include M.S. degree in Meteorology and Ph.D. degree in Meteorology.
Resources for Prospective Graduate Students (Including How to Apply)
School of Meteorology Graduate Student Handbook
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Meteorology
News: OU School of Meteorology Recognized as Top Program in the Nation
More Information about the School of Meteorology
About the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability is a dynamic and growing department at the University of Oklahoma. The Department’s mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.
The Department has laboratories for physical geography, cartography, and remote sensing, and a maker space and studio for geo-humanities research. The Department also houses the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education (OKAGE), an organization for geography educators in Oklahoma. Also associated with the Department are the Center for Spatial Analysis, the South Central Climate Science Center, and the Water-Energy-Food Institute (WEFI).
The Department offers several scholarships and awards which are used annually to recognize deserving students. Graduate Programs in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability include M.S. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability (Environmental Systems Track), M.S. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability (Geospatial Technologies Track), M.A. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability, Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Sustainability, Online M.S. in Geospatial Technologies, and Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Technologies.
Resources for Prospective Graduate Students
Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability Graduate Program Guide
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability’s Diversity Plan
More Information about the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
Sources: https://www.ou.edu/ags/geography; https://ou-public.courseleaf.com/atmospheric-geographic-sciences/geography-environmental-sustainability/
Useful OU Links
OU Norman Campus & Parking Maps
OU Norman Campus Game Day Parking Plan
OU Canvas – learning management system of OU
Photos of Global Cities on the SURF website
The header photos shown on the SURF website were taken by Dr. Chenghao Wang during his trips. Below is a list of cities that appear on our website. Can you tell which photo was taken in which city?
- Austin, TX, USA
- Boston, MA, USA
- Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
- Chicago, IL, USA
- Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- Los Angeles, CA, USA
- New York City, NY, USA
- Oklahoma City, OK, USA
- Phoenix, AZ, USA
- San Francisco, CA, USA
- Scottsdale, AZ, USA
- Seattle, WA, USA
- Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
- Seoul, South Korea