Ocean Engineering and Sciences

Meteorology and Climatology

Meteorology and ClimatologyClimatology is the branch of atmospheric science concerned with the average weather conditions over a period of time, especially temperature and precipitation, on a scale ranging from weeks to millennia. Questions such as “How much rainfall does my hometown receive in a year?” and “What is the average high temperature in August in Boston?” are answered by the science of climatology. It is a critical component of the curriculum of any good meteorology program such as Florida Tech. Understanding climate can provide valuable insight – even for short-term weather prediction! It can also help better predict the scope of regional weather impacts. Today, mid-range (i.e., week- to-months) climate prediction is one of the more lucrative opportunities for graduates from a meteorology school, being utilized by both energy companies and hedge funds. Long-term climate variability exists and is believed to be a significant player in the biological evolution of our planet.

Human-induced climate change is a large portion of our current meteorology and climate science research

Recently, human activity has had a large impact the global climate – often referred to as 'anthropogenic'. Human-induced climate change and its repercussions make up a large portion of the current climate science research and has contributed to a broad consensus of our understanding of the responsible mechanisms (e.g., green house gasses, deforestation). While a student in a particular meteorology school might gain a basic understanding of climatology, students at Florida Tech get hands-on experience running a climate model in the global climate change course, data processing and research, and an introduction to paleoclimate from a biological perspective that is derived from lake core research here at Florida Tech. 


Learn more about the meteorology programs at Florida Tech

BS - Meteorology

MS - Meteorology

Contact Info

Dr. Steven Lazarus
Phone: (321) 394-2160