Meteorologists research weather, and climatologists research climate. However, to better understand our atmosphere, it takes many other people. Researchers with a variety of skills and knowledge are involved in atmospheric science. For example,
- Chemists research the pollutants added to the air, such as greenhouse gases and ground-level ozone.
- Physicists study how energy from the Sun affects climate.
- Biologists and ecologists research how ecosystems are affected by climate change.
- Mathematicians and computer scientists make it possible to model weather and climate, which leads to weather forecasts and predictions of future climate change.
- Engineers develop sensors and other technology to help monitor the atmosphere.
- Hydrologists focus on how weather and climate affect the water cycle.
- Oceanographers are researching how the ocean affects climate and how climate change is affecting the ocean.
To stop climate change, engineers and scientists are inventing new renewable energy technology, electric vehicles, and methods for pulling greenhouse gases out of the air and shading the Earth. Geographers, economists, sociologists, agricultural scientists, urban planners, political scientists, and others are studying the impacts severe weather and climate change have on people and what changes we need to make to stop climate change and be less vulnerable.
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The branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy, including mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.