Where to study atmospheric science?Watch
My limited knowledge tells me that a lot of textbooks on atmospheric science are published by Cambridge. So Cambridge shines in atmospheric science, no?
Judging by how US is the place where tornadoes and hurricanes strike many times per year, it should be natural to think that there are leading research centers in atmospheric science as well.
No idea about Asia. But Japan, Singapoure, Taiwan, are affected by hurricanes many times per year too. Earth simulator project comes to my mind as a striking reference there. The main problem would be the language with a step learning curve.
Need more help on going postgrad?
In the US, I saw that Georgia Tech popped up, they likely have a good program.
http://www.atmos.illinois.edu/careers/academic.html Great resource lists all the US and Canadian unis with atmospheric science programs.
Cambridge is just a publisher for those books - as far as I am aware they don't have atmospheric science courses at Cambridge university.
As for other countries around the world, I am sure you could pick any country and they will have a department somewhere that offers what you are after. The University of Oklahoma is very good (I did an exchange year there). I also have friends in Australia doing PhDs (Sydney and Monash). Hamburg University in Germany also has a department.
By the time you get to postgraduate level, I would expect most courses to be taught in English, but do your research.
- Physical meteorology
- Dynamical meteorology
- Atmospheric chemistry
- Computer modelling
- Remote sensing
- Atmospheric electricity
- Observation and Meteorological instrumentation
Or, if I mathematics or physics catch my attention really hard, I could even be seeking something in applied maths or physics. I've heard that some students don't go work with meteorology and instead, find something related to statistics or computing.
Important skills would be: presentations and public speaking, scientific writing, programming, some statistics (particularly working with large datasets). Pretty much all of the subfields will use these skills in some way.