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Head in the clouds: careers in weather, climate and atmospheric science

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    • Head in the clouds: Careers in Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Science Andy Russell [email_address] @dr_andy_russell
    • The BIG challenges in Weather and Climate
      • How good can weather forecasts be?
      • Can we make accurate seasonal forecasts?
      • How best can extra computing power be used?
      • Can we predict flash floods?
      • How are people best warned about extreme weather?
      • How will our climate change?
      • Who will this affect negatively?
      • How much will sea levels rise?
      • What will happen to the major ice sheets?
      • Can we safely engineer the climate?
    • “ Suppose you went to your careers advisor in Year 10, what would you have wanted them to tell you?”
      • Science “A” levels
      • Work experience
      • Entry requirements
      • Jobs beyond broadcast meteorologist…
      Useful advice
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      • Science “A” levels
      • Work experience
      • Entry requirements
      • Jobs beyond broadcast meteorologist…
      Useful advice
      • Science “A” levels
      • Work experience
      • Entry requirements
      • Jobs beyond broadcast meteorologist…
      Useful advice
    • Reading: BSc Meteorology and Climate 300 points overall including at least BB in physics and mathematics (both A2 levels) and 100 points from another A2 level or other AS levels Leeds: MEnv, BSc Meteorology and Climate Science (International) Normally three A-Levels, or 2 A-levels and 2 AS-levels, at grades AAA (or equivalent), including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry but excluding General Studies UEA: BSc Meteorology and Oceanography ABB-BBB (including Maths)
    • Reading: BSc Meteorology and Climate 300 points overall including at least BB in physics and mathematics (both A2 levels) and 100 points from another A2 level or other AS levels Leeds: MEnv, BSc Meteorology and Climate Science (International) Normally three A-Levels, or 2 A-levels and 2 AS-levels, at grades AAA (or equivalent), including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry but excluding General Studies UEA: BSc Meteorology and Oceanography ABB-BBB ( including Maths )
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      • Science “A” levels
      • Work experience
      • Entry requirements
      • Jobs beyond broadcast meteorologist…
      Useful advice
    • What actual jobs are there?
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Hydrology
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Hydrology Pure and applied research
    • 200 research scientists
    • Academic career
    • PhD students Postdocs Lecturers Senior Lecturers Professors PVCs etc. Academic Roles
    • PhD students (~55,000) Postdocs (~38,000) Lecturers (~52,000) Senior Lecturers (~37,000) Profs (~18,000) Academic Roles Total UK Academic Staff: ~180,000 Other grades?: ~30,000 Figures from HESA 33% 4.5% 33% ~33% ~33% 12% 5.3%
    • Academic staff by salary range
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Hydrology Pure and applied research
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research
    • 1800 employees worldwide 160 employees worldwide
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Computing: models and hardware
    • ~10 Pb of data!
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Computing: models and hardware
    • UK floods in 2007 cost the economy £3.2bn
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Climate projections Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Climate projections Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Climate projections Government policy Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Climate projections Government policy Climate change mitigation & adaptation Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Climate projections Government policy Climate change mitigation & adaptation Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Climate projections Government policy Climate change mitigation & adaptation Communication: for and against Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Hydrology Pure and applied research Observations: making and development Data management Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Flood forecasting Earth systems science Data collection and analysis Climate projections Government policy Climate change mitigation & adaptation Communication: for and against Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Observations: making and development Earth systems science Communication: for and against Climate projections Climate change mitigation & adaptation Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Hydrology Flood forecasting Pure and applied research Data collection and analysis Government policy Data management Energy, health, travel, engineering, food Computing: models and hardware
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    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector) Observations: making and development Earth systems science Communication: for and against Climate projections Climate change mitigation & adaptation Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Hydrology Flood forecasting Pure and applied research Data collection and analysis Government policy Data management Energy, health, travel, engineering, food Computing: models and hardware
    • Meteorology (small spatial scales, short time scales) Climatology (large spatial scales, long time scales) Oceanography Observations: making and development Earth systems science Communication: for and against Climate projections Post graduate? School leaver? Post doctoral? Climate change mitigation & adaptation Insurance, re-insurance, derivatives market Hydrology Flood forecasting Pure and applied research Data collection and analysis Government policy Data management Energy, health, travel, engineering, food Computing: models and hardware Forecasting (MetOffice and private sector)
    • More info www.rmets.org
      • Summary
      • There’s much more to meteorology than weather forecasting
      • Outside of schools, it is generally seen as a science rather than part of geography
      • Many, mostly small employers but skills are widely applicable
      • Big global problems = global workforce