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Logo: Institute of Meteorology and Climatology /Leibniz Universität Hannover
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The Meteorology studies

Equations describing thermodynamical and dynamical processes in the atmosphere

Meteorology is the physics of the atmosphere. Therefore, the meteorology study is not to be understood as a continuation of the weather and climatology from the geography lesson, which only describes the processes in the atmosphere in words. Rather, the goal is to observed in the atmosphere operations by physical laws and equations to identify and investigate their causes. Whoever wears the idea to study meteorology, should have a liking for physics and mathematics.

Alpine meteorological excursion

Meteorological processes take place outside of laboratories. On outdoor field measurement campaigns one have the opportunity to work within nature with highly sensitive measurement instruments. Especially in experimental Meteorology technical skills and improvisational talent is advantageous. The extensive amount of data accumulating here often cannot be analyzed with commercial software. Therefore programming skill for the development of own analyzing tools are required.

Supercomputer where meteorologists carry out simulations

Furthermore, solving the complex mathematical-physical equations describing atmospheric processes is rarely possible in a analytical way. Mostly they have to be solved numerically using computers. Therefore, programming skills as well as developing algorithms for solving complex problems is part of the study. Many meteorological problems are that complex, that solving them on a standard PC would need several ten of years. Depending on the specialization in the course of study, you have the opportunity to learn how to use supercomputers e.g. to calculate with existing models and perhaps with refined models by your own the turbulent flows.

 Since the atmosphere is affected (in large and small) by many various constraints (ocean, land use, buildings, etc) and the atmosphere in turn effects on everything that is in it, there are many interdisciplinary connections as to chemistry, geophysics, oceanography, biology or engineering sciences. In the study course this will, for example, find expression in corresponding minor subjects. The meteorology studies at the Leibniz Universität Hannover is divided into a six-semester Bachelor's and four-semester Master's program. The Bachelor's program is in German language. The Master's program is available in German and English language. More information on the content of courses, admission requirements and how to apply can be found at Course Meteorology.

Job profile

 The first contact with meteorology usually arises from the weather report on the radio, television or internet. Despite the large media presence only a small proportion of meteorologists and forecasters are employed by the media. The wide meteorological and physical-mathematical training, and the acquired skills such as analyzing and solving complex problems, the presentation of complicated issues, the development of computer programs or the processing of large data sets open up a wide field of activity. Meteorologists work in research institutions, in meteorological services, environmental agencies, insurance or engineering and appraiser offices, as well as e.g. in software companies, the energy industry, the car industry, airlines or in the management consultancy. In addition to the classic range of weather-forecasts and -analysis and the fundamental research to atmospheric processes, they make profit predictions for wind farms, examine the air turbulence behind aircraft (for example, to optimize the safety distance subsequent aircrafts during landing), they simulate flow conditions in cities (for example, with the aim to improve air quality) or create risk assessments for insurance. Job prospects are due to the described variety as very good.