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UNSW : UNSW Atmosphere Study Guide
Careers, industry and courses We offer majors in almost everything interesting and exciting in today’s world, including numerous specialised programs from psychology to optometry. Science at UNSW is fun and exciting, and it opens the door to a wide range of valuable, fulfilling careers. To satisfy your curiosity for program and event information, visit www.science.unsw.edu.au. Key dates: 24 May 2011 Science Parent Student Night 28 July 2011 “Scientists’ Stories” – parent and student evening 3 September 2011 Open Day There’s plenty to satisfy your curiosity in science at UNSW Never Faculty of Stand Still Science WILL THERE BE LOTS OF JOBS? Almost everyday in the news there is some mention of climate change and its impact on the planet. Whether it is drought, floods or cyclones, it seems more than ever, our climate is crucial to our everyday lives. For this reason, jobs in atmospheric science are going to become increasingly important and more in demand. Particularly if proposed projects to place economic value on the environment go through, such as the carbon tax. “There are going to be more jobs out there as people begin to take action against climate change,” says Perkins. In particular, there are a lot of people needed to make sense of the large amount of data being collected in the field and via satellites, Perkins adds. For anyone interested in working in climate change, Perkins recommends that it is valuable, although not essential, for students to study a few mathematics or computer science subjects during their degree to help them understand the large amount of data they will be exposed to. With these skills they can work on creating models and coming up with predictions for the future. HOT TOPICS IN ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE The obvious hot area in atmospheric science at the moment is climate change. Because companies and governments are looking at ways to offset their carbon emmissions, there is a lot of research both in Australia and overseas into how to store and capture carbon - either naturally or through new technology. In addition to looking at how climate change can be avoided, researchers are trying to work out how it is affecting ecosystems. In Australia, there is a lot of research going into water systems, and how these are impacted by climate change. Our country operates on periods of drought and flooding, but these are becoming more extreme and research is needed to understand how to adapt. One of the hottest topics is communicating climate research to industry and governments, as much research has shown that we need to take action before it’s too late. “There are going to be more jobs as people begin to take action against climate change.”