Changes in weather and climate patterns are associated with increasing global temperatures caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions. Extreme weather events, such as extended droughts and flooding, associated with climate change has significant impacts on people, natural resources and ecosystem functioning. With further adverse implications for social, ecological and economic wellbeing. Studying weather patterns and climate change is critical to inform mitigating, adaptation and resilience strategies to minimise associated risks.
Meteorologists mostly work in weather stations and office environments analysing meteorological data. They can engage with climate change scientists, policy makers and stakeholders in forestry, agriculture, conservation and environmental management sectors, for example.
Meteorologists must have a comprehensive understanding of atmospheric and physical science principles and processes, and will also benefit from:
Measure meteorological factors such as air pressure and temperature
Collect global, national and local satellite and remote sensing data
Create computer models for short and long-range weather forecasts
Liaise with stakeholders around weather forecasts
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 Agriculture specialising in Agrometeorology at UFS and UKZN
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons),M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Atmospheric Science at all universities
South African Weather Services.
National, provincial and local government.
Television and radio organisations.