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What is Meteorology?

Meteorology is the physics of atmosphere

Meteorology is the physics of the atmosphere. Therefore, studying meteorology is not to be understood as a continuation of the weather and climate lessons from the geography lesson, which describes the processes in the atmosphere only in words. Rather, it is about capturing the processes observed in the atmosphere by means of physical laws and equations and investigating their causes. So if you are thinking of studying meteorology, you should have a sympathy for physics and math.

Meteorological processes take place outside the laboratory

Meteorological processes usually take place outside the laboratory. On measurement campaigns you can experience the stimulus of working with highly sensitive measuring instruments in nature. Often a talent for improvisation is needed. Even in the areas of experimental meteorology, manual skills are an advantage. The extensive amounts of data incurred in this case, can often not be evaluated with commercial software and accordingly programming skills for the development of our own evaluation programs are necessary.

Atmospheric processes are comlpex

Furthermore, due to their complexity, the mathematical-physical equations for describing atmospheric processes can only rarely be solved analytically and must therefore be numerically, i. be solved by computer. Therefore, the teaching of programming skills as well as the development of algorithms to solve a problem is an essential part of the study. Many meteorological problems are so complex that solving them on a standard PC would take decades. Depending on your specialization in the course of your studies, you will have the opportunity to learn how to work with supercomputers, for example to study to calculate turbulent flows using existing and perhaps further developed models.

Meteorology is interdisciplinary conntected

Since the atmosphere (both on large and small scale) is influenced by many different boundary conditions (ocean, land use, buildings, etc) and the atmosphere in turn has an impact on everything in it, there are many interdisciplinary connections, e.g. to chemistry, geophysics, oceanography, biology or engineering. This is found in studies, e.g. Expression in corresponding minor subjects.

Where meteorologists work?

The first contact with the meteorology arises mostly through the weather report on the radio, television or the Internet. Despite the large media presence, only a small proportion of meteorologists are employed by the media. The broad meteorological and physical-mathematical training and acquired skills such. Analyzing and solving complex problems in theoretical and technical areas, presenting complex issues, developing computer programs or processing large amounts of data open up a broad field of activity. Meteorologists work in research institutes, at meteorological services, environmental offices, insurance or engineering and consulting firms, as well as e.g. in software companies, the energy industry, the automotive industry, in airlines or in business consulting. In addition to the classical field of weather prediction and analysis and the basic research on atmospheric processes, they create e.g. energy yield forecasts for solar and wind farms, investigate the air turbulence behind airplanes (eg to optimize the safety distance of subsequent aircraft at landing), simulate the flow conditions in cities (eg with the aim of improving the air quality), develop novel measuring devices or create insurance risk assessments. The job prospects are very good due to this diversity.

Meteorology is the physics of atmosphere

Meteorology is the physics of the atmosphere. Therefore, studying meteorology is not to be understood as a continuation of the weather and climate lessons from the geography lesson, which describes the processes in the atmosphere only in words. Rather, it is about capturing the processes observed in the atmosphere by means of physical laws and equations and investigating their causes. So if you are thinking of studying meteorology, you should have a sympathy for physics and math.

Meteorological processes take place outside the laboratory

Meteorological processes usually take place outside the laboratory. On measurement campaigns you can experience the stimulus of working with highly sensitive measuring instruments in nature. Often a talent for improvisation is needed. Even in the areas of experimental meteorology, manual skills are an advantage. The extensive amounts of data incurred in this case, can often not be evaluated with commercial software and accordingly programming skills for the development of our own evaluation programs are necessary.

Atmospheric processes are comlpex

Furthermore, due to their complexity, the mathematical-physical equations for describing atmospheric processes can only rarely be solved analytically and must therefore be numerically, i. be solved by computer. Therefore, the teaching of programming skills as well as the development of algorithms to solve a problem is an essential part of the study. Many meteorological problems are so complex that solving them on a standard PC would take decades. Depending on your specialization in the course of your studies, you will have the opportunity to learn how to work with supercomputers, for example to study to calculate turbulent flows using existing and perhaps further developed models.

Meteorology is interdisciplinary conntected

Since the atmosphere (both on large and small scale) is influenced by many different boundary conditions (ocean, land use, buildings, etc) and the atmosphere in turn has an impact on everything in it, there are many interdisciplinary connections, e.g. to chemistry, geophysics, oceanography, biology or engineering. This is found in studies, e.g. Expression in corresponding minor subjects.

Where meteorologists work?

The first contact with the meteorology arises mostly through the weather report on the radio, television or the Internet. Despite the large media presence, only a small proportion of meteorologists are employed by the media. The broad meteorological and physical-mathematical training and acquired skills such. Analyzing and solving complex problems in theoretical and technical areas, presenting complex issues, developing computer programs or processing large amounts of data open up a broad field of activity. Meteorologists work in research institutes, at meteorological services, environmental offices, insurance or engineering and consulting firms, as well as e.g. in software companies, the energy industry, the automotive industry, in airlines or in business consulting. In addition to the classical field of weather prediction and analysis and the basic research on atmospheric processes, they create e.g. energy yield forecasts for solar and wind farms, investigate the air turbulence behind airplanes (eg to optimize the safety distance of subsequent aircraft at landing), simulate the flow conditions in cities (eg with the aim of improving the air quality), develop novel measuring devices or create insurance risk assessments. The job prospects are very good due to this diversity.