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New meteorology, climatology degree

Sept. 10, 2015--The University of Delaware’s Department of Geography has launched a new undergraduate degree program in meteorology and climatology.

Courses in the new major, which started this fall, combine basic atmospheric science and climatology science with rigorous training in mathematics, physics and computer science.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the program will develop a broad understanding of the fundamental physical and dynamical processes that govern the motions and behavior of the atmosphere, and its interactions with the underlying land and ocean surfaces.

“We are teaching our students how changing weather patterns and climate impact society and natural systems,” explained Delphis Levia, geography chair and professor of echohydrology, which is housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).

Questions about climate change, and its causes and implications, are among the central environmental questions of this time. At the same time, the science of meteorology is evolving exponentially as technological advances increase the scientific accuracy and precision of forecasting tools.