Applied Climatology, or the interpretation and application of climate data to a
diverse set of users, is quickly becoming a critical field in light of recent climate
change. This course, required by students in the ATMS climatology concentration, serves as
an introduction to statistical techniques, types of climate data, and applications of climate
data in an interdisciplinary framework.
Approximately one third of the course is spent learning how climate data can be used and
analyzed via data searches and statistical approaches such as time series analysis. The second
third of the course focuses on the physical impacts of climate and climate change on such Earth
systems as water, land and soils, and vegetation. The final course segment addresses social and
cultural issues such as human health, urbanization, agriculture, and industry. Students
read and interpret a chapter in the IPCC synthesis report as a class project and present their
findings to the class.