The Department of Oceanography is the only one in South Africa, and offers an undergraduate BSc with a specialisation in Ocean and Atmosphere Science. The department has a major focus for teaching and research in physical oceanography, atmospheric science, and ocean climatology in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa. Research is carried out across a broad range of topics, with a number of groups such as coastal upwelling, ocean climatology, satellite remote sensing and ocean modelling.
The aim of the department is to advance knowledge of all facets of the ocean environment, and to use this knowledge for the benefit of people everywhere. Although the emphasis is on the physical environment in the oceans and atmosphere around southern Africa, the intention is to use this new knowledge to draw conclusions that are regionally and globally relevant.