Atmospheric science is an applied field about the structure and evolution of the atmosphere and the phenomena that occur within it. It is a combination of the areas of physics, chemistry, and fluid dynamics. Hence, it can be categorised into two sub-fields:
- Atmospheric Physics
- Atmospheric Chemistry
Research in Atmospheric Physics includes the application of physics to the study of the atmosphere (is related to meteorology and climatology). It involves studies using fluid flow equations, chemical models, radiation budget, and energy transfer processes in the atmosphere.
Research in Atmospheric Chemistry focuses on chemical processes within the Earth's atmosphere, including photochemistry of gas compounds; the formation and properties of airborne aerosol particles; gas-particle interactions; cloud processes; emission, transport, and dispersion of chemical.
The application of atmospheric science is weather forecasting so that we can use it to make informed decisions on the economy, resource management, and military.
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The academic staff also apply what they learned from their research courses at the undergrad and postgrad levels. Courses that include the atmospheric science field in its syllabus are: