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Joe asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 3 years ago

Will a degree in environmental engineering or environmental sciences get me into a career in meteorology?


These are the majors offered at the colleges I have applied to and am debating applying to a college with an atmospheric science and meteorology degree. I'm not trying to be a broadcaster I am thinking about working for NOAA or the Air Force or Navy.

Update 2:

PS. Any advice or input regarding meteorology as a whole would be greatly appreciated.

3 Answers

  • TQ
    Lv 7
    3 years ago
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    A degree in environmental engineering or environmental sciences will not get you into a career in meteorology.

    Branches of Meteorology

    Maybe one will be of interest to you

    •Boundary layer meteorology: The study of processes in the atmospheric layer directly above Earth's surface, known as the atmospheric boundary layer.

    •Mesoscale meteorology: The study of atmospheric phenomena within a vertical scale that starts at the Earth's surface and includes the atmospheric boundary layer, the troposphere, the tropopause, and the lower section of the stratosphere. The majority of Earth's observed weather is in the troposphere.

    •Physical meteorology: The study of physical aspects of the atmosphere such as rain, thunderstorms, pressure fronts, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.

    •Synoptic meteorology: The analysis and forecast of large-scale weather systems.

    •Dynamic meteorology: Focuses on the theoretical laws of physics pertaining to the atmosphere.

    Meteorology also has many specialized sub-disciplines such as:

    •Weather forecasting: The application of science and technology to predict the state of the atmosphere for a given location at a given time.

    •Aviation meteorology: The study of the effects of weather conditions on the control of air traffic.

    •Agricultural meteorology: The study of the effects of weather and climate conditions on everything related to agriculture.

    •Hydrometeorology: A combination of hydrology and meteorology which focuses on things such as the hydrologic cycle and the water budget as well as forecasts and statistics of heavy rainfall and heavy snow storms.

    •Atmospheric chemistry: A branch of atmospheric science in which the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere and that of other planets is studied.

    •Air pollution dispersion modeling: The mathematical simulation of how air pollutants disperse in the ambient atmosphere. It is performed with computer programs, called dispersion models, that solve the mathematical equations and algorithms which simulate the pollutant dispersion.

    •Nuclear meteorology: Studies of the distribution of radioactive substances in the atmosphere.

    •Maritime meteorology: Deals with wind and wave forecasts for ships operating at sea.

    Source(s): Meteorologist.
    • TQ
      Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      BTW ... storm chasing is for loser wannabees

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  • 3 years ago

    Meteorology is a field unto itself.

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  • Bob
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    3 years ago


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