In 2015, 196 countries committed through the Paris Agreement to ensure temperature increases from greenhouse gas emissions are capped at 1.5°C, and the impacts of resulting climate change are minimised. Understanding climate change and its causes is critical to developing mitigation and adaptation measures that builds resilience for people and nature. Climate science investigates significant changes in temperature, precipitation and other measures of climate over several decades.
Climate change scientists can work in global teams with other climate specialists and policy makers to address matters of climate change. They mostly work in office environments, analysing data and writing reports and making recommendations from findings.
Climate change scientists require extensive knowledge of factors causing climate change and strong competence in mathematical modelling. They will also benefit from:
Research policies, practices or procedures for climate management
Create models to simulate effects of changes to climate
Provide analytical support and advise on climate change policy
Make legislative recommendations related to climate change
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Climate Science at all universities
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Meteorology at UP
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Ocean and Atmospheric Science at UCT
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Climate Change and Development at UCT
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private companies and consultancies.