Climate change is a global concern resulting in extreme weather patterns that impact human wellbeing, livelihoods and environmental integrity. Water and food security, health, built and natural infrastructure and ecosystem services are all at risk from changing climate. Understanding atmospheric changes supports developing strategies for mitigating, adapting and building resilience to the effects of climate change. Atmospheric science involves the study of the earth’s atmosphere and its physical processes.
Atmospheric scientists spend most of their time in an office environment, sometimes travelling to gather field information or liaising with varied professionals addressing climate impacts in areas of energy and agriculture, for example.
Atmospheric scientists must have a comprehensive knowledge of atmospheric and climate patterns, trends and processes. Additional required skills include:
Research seasonal and ocean forecasting and climate predictions
Monitor climate variability and change
Develop and improve numerical and computer models to predict atmospheric processes
Report and advise on significant atmospheric research findings
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Meteorology at UP
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Ocean and Atmosphere Science at UCT
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Atmospheric Science at all universities
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs and private consultancies.