The Science of Meteorology

As more and more evidence of the effects of climate change on our world are displayed daily worldwide, we look to the science of meteorology to help predict and explain these changes and the potential dangers for our planet in the future.  Meteorology is the study of atmospheric phenomena, weather and its causes, and provides the basis for weather forecasting.Most of us are exposed to the science of meteorology from our daily weather forecast, and from watching our favorite television meteorologists.  Forecasting the weather is a complicated process that involves studying maps and weather trends, as well as interpreting atmospheric changes indicated by a variety of technical and radar tools that continue to advance and improve.

Beyond weather forecasting, meteorologists do so much more.  The study of atmospheric properties and phenomena as well as the chemistry and physics associated with the atmosphere, helps meteorologists study climate change and its long-term effects on both our planet and its inhabitants.  This science will continue to play a critical role in helping governments and academia set establish policies and educate the masses about the dangers of climate change and what each of us can do to mitigate it. UIG’s meteorology collection features stunning images of storms in progress, as well as diagrams and illustrations that help explain the science behind these natural events.

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Meteorology”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 16 Jan. 2020, Accessed 26 July 2021.

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