certification program for consulting meteorologists the previous narrow implications of private consulting for The program as of 19941 fee. Certification is gaining the same significance in meteo- rology that it has had in other technical professions for many In an age of expanded environmental technology, the years. In contrast with the limited view of consulting meteo- scope and detail of meteorological applications within agri- rology of only a decade ago, certification now applies to culture, business, industry, and various sectors of govern- many branches of professional meteorology. ment operations have brought increasing demand for specialized services by meteorologists. These services extend beyond the traditional public service functions and Consulting meteorologist statutory responsibilities of the National Weather Service, and the private practice of consulting meteorology has Fundamentally, the consulting meteorologist is a profes- developed in answer to some of the needs that have arisen. sional meteorologist whose practice is founded upon an In meteorology, as in other technical professions such as understanding of the atmosphere and its behavior and upon engineering and medicine, individuals form and maintain the beneficial application of his or her abilities to the affairs of close contact with the public, and in doing so are represen-
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1994
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