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FAQ: What does a climatologist do?

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Q: What does a climatologist do?

A: While most climatologists are meteorologists or geographers by training, they focus on the broad trends and consistencies that are evident in our small-scale and large-scale climatic regions. Some develop and run climate models while others focus on improving our knowledge of present and past climate through observations.  A State Climatologist is a particular type of climatologist who focuses on providing climate services at the state and local level and conducting applied climatology research of particular relevance to the region.