Every day, no matter where we are, we interact with the weather. Some days it is beautiful and sunny, while other times it is dangerous.Climatologyor climate science is the study ofclimate, scientifically defined as weather conditions averaged over a period of time.[i]Climatologists/ClimateScientist study both the nature of climates local, regional or global and the natural or human-induced factors that cause climates to change. [ii]Due to the ever growing concern of climate change, and the unpredictable nature of weather, it is important for climatologist to use computer technology to track this information. Fortunately theadvancement in technology within the last 50 years have allowed Climatologist totruly get a better look at what our present and future hold in terms of weather and the climate change issues. Because of the increase use of technology in climate science, there is an increase for people with a background and understanding of computer science and STEM.
The type of computer science and STEM skills needed in climate science varies depending on the job and location. To theinstruments being placed in thousands of locations, from NOAA/NASA satellites in our orbits monitoring the weather, to buoys in the oceansmonitoring sea levels, toAutomatic Weather Stations (AWS) in Antarctica studying ice core activities, there is an endless need for people to engineer, create calculations, program software (you can even check out a NOAA guideline for their developers), understand data collected, troubleshoot, and advance this technology.
And on a related blog post on of the American MeteorologicalSociety website, they talked about the importance of computer programmerin meteorology. "Meteorology programmers are a growing trend in todays meteorology job world. Whether it is programming using Python, C++, Objective C, or PHP, the new graduate in meteorology in todays economic climate should probably have these skills under their belt. When I spoke to a few of themthey mentioned if someone is a M.S. or Ph.D. with programming skills, they would like to talk with you."[iii](Curious about the difference in Meteorology and Climatology? Visit here!)
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Posted on March 13, 2016 in Announcements by Cara Friez-LeWinter : 0 Comments