NUS offers a minor in meteorology and climate science to build local expertise

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SINGAPORE – A new minor in meteorology and climate science will be offered at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to pave the way for more weather and climate scientists here.

The course – which is the first of its kind here – will provide an introduction to the complex field of weather and climate, said NUS and the Meteorological Service of Singapore (MSS).

Additional postgraduate training is required for those wishing to become meteorologists and climatologists.

The course will be useful for students looking to become sustainability consultants, renewable energy experts and coastal protection engineers, for example.

New graduates in these professions will need a basic understanding of weather systems and climate science, so they can connect facts and science to develop successful climate mitigation and adaptation measures, said NUS and MSS.

The minor – under the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science – will be open to all students of the NUS College of Humanities and Sciences.

As the course is under development, its start date has not yet been determined.

Singapore currently relies heavily on foreign experts to fill the growing number of climate science vacancies here, so this minor will help nurture local talent in this field, NUS said on its website.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, a meteorologist must hold a degree in meteorology or have completed postgraduate studies in meteorology after completing a course that includes fundamental subjects in mathematics and physics.

Many MSS meteorologists have degrees in the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering, with postgraduate training in meteorology provided by MSS partners such as the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Specialization in climate research would also be at postgraduate level, said NUS and MSS, which falls under the National Environment Agency.

To help undergraduate students learn about the work of meteorologists and climatologists, the MSS Climate Research Center in Singapore offers internships.

The center also co-supervises postgraduate students and projects to help students understand tropical weather systems and processes affecting Singapore.

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