Never has there been a better time to help disprove the statement above. For example:
- NOAA is forecasting tomorrow’s weather and next month’s climate.
- NASA satellites are monitoring the state of the atmosphere, ocean, ad land surface.
- The insurance industry is preparing for the possibility of stronger hurricanes, longer droughts, and more common floods.
- Government and the agriculture sector are working to prevent food insecurity in a changing climate.
- The energy industry is studying weather to anticipate day-to-day and long-term changes in heating/air-conditioning demand and in the supply of renewable energy.
- Society at large is debating its influence on, and response to, climate change.
An Atmospheric Sciences Bachelor’s Degree at George Mason University is a great way to launch a career doing something about weather and climate because
- Students completing the Atmospheric Sciences Degree will be prepared for a wide range of career paths including research (via graduate school) and operations in meteorology, atmospheric science and climate.
- The undergraduate curriculum meets the American Meteorological Society’s recommendations and the US Government Civil Service GS -1340 qualification in meteorology.
- Mason’s location in Northern Virginia puts it close to National Weather Service, NOAA Climate Prediction Center, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and some of the leading private sector weather firms.
- AOES faculty and the scientists in the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies are world leaders in the simulation and prediction of seasonal and longer-term climate. The Comprehensive Atmospheric Modeling Program studies severe weather prediction and transport of air pollution.
- AOES is home to the pioneering Climate Dynamics Doctoral Program, and George Mason University hosts related activities in remote sensing, planetary atmospheres, climate change communication, and more.