The Dynamics of Weather and Climate

Atmospheric scientists consider problems that are both scientifically challenging and critical for the health and well-being of modern society. Atmospheric science is an interdisciplinary field that touches upon mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and physics.  It includes areas as diverse as weather forecasting, global warming, air quality, climate change, marine weather, and the weather of other planets. An atmospheric scientist studies the dynamics and chemistry of the gas layers surrounding Earth, as well as other planets and their moons. This encompasses the interactions between various parts of the atmosphere and interactions with the ocean and freshwater systems, the biosphere, and human activities.

Atmospheric science is traditionally divided into three topical areas – meteorology, climatology, and aeronomy.

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