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Picture of World Cloud Cover Pattern Perhaps the most direct way in which people benefit from earth science research is through daily weather prediction. Weather systems thousands of miles away have an effect on you right here at home. Earth science satellites provide up-to-the-minute information about weather patterns across the entire world, allowing meteorologists to forecast what's headed your way.

More than just images of clouds, meteorologists compare temperature readings, winds, atmospheric pressure, precipitation patterns, and other variables to form an accurate picture of our climate. From past readings, meteorologists are able to draw conclusions and make predictions about how our climate will translate into local weather every day. They can also develop computer models that predict how climate and weather may vary in the future as a result of human activity. Meteorologists also carry out basic research to help us understand the way the atmosphere works, ranging from why hurricanes and tornadoes form when and where they do, to why the ozone hole formed over the Antarctic in the spring. They use satellites, aircraft, ships, and balloons to take the data needed to help understand, document, and predict weather and climate.

If understanding the atmosphere around you, helping to predict how it behaves - both today and in the future - sounds interesting to you, learn more about meteorology!

Updated: January 22, 2003