Climate And Society Degree Track

Drypond Drypond
Master of Professional Science

This track within the Professional Master Program emphasizes the relationship between weather, climate and societal impacts. The financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events pose important scientific and socio-economic challenges, both in terms of urban planning and managing the financial risks associated with these changes. Employers in government, insurance, energy, and a number of other climate-impacted industries require professionals who are fluent in both the socioeconomic impacts and the physical basis of climate change. Social vulnerability, mitigation strategies, and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change are strongly mediated by legal, socioeconomic, policy, health and cultural factors. This theme draws on UM’s breadth and depth in interdisciplinary climate research, addressing risk management in the human health, fisheries, agriculture, natural hazards, and coastal sectors.

Climate and Society (CS)

Prerequisites:

1. Open to all undergraduate majors. Previous course work in science or policy strongly recommended.


Dr. Brian Soden

Weather Climate and Society Track

b.soden@miami.edu

(305) 421-4202
Position and Research Expertise Brian Soden is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. He specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer simulations of Earth's climate. His areas of interest include understanding climate...

Dr. Amy Clement

Weather Climate and Society Track

a.clement@miami.edu

(305) 421-4846
Position and Research Expertise Amy Clement is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. She is an expert in climate modeling and in her research she strives to understand the mechanisms of past, present, and future climate change..

Dr. Katharine Mach

Weather Climate and Society Track

kmach@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4741
Katharine Mach is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science and a faculty scholar at the UM Abess Center, focused on environmental science and policy. Her research assesses climate change risks and response options to address increased flooding, extreme heat, wildfire, and other hazards....

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 651 or 614 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics or Introduction to Weather and Climate 3
ATM 653 Climate Change 3
EVR 660
& EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory 1 
3
Elective 3
Credit Hours 12
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere * 3
EVR 662 Intermediate Spatial Analysis * 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
EVR 611 The Science of Actionable Knowledge  3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Course Title Credit Hours
ATM 805 MPS Internship 2  2-6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30

*  or Elective

1  Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2  Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may request elective courses with the consent of their Academic Advisor. Refer to the course schedules for a list of classes available on the Rosenstiel School campus. The course offerings may vary from semester to semester. For more details, visit the UM Academic Bulletin.