certificatio n progra m for consultin g meteorologists knowledged as aspects of jobs in industry and government; THE PROGRAM AS O F 19991 and of broadening recognition by meteorologists that a cer- In an age of expanded environmental technology, the tification program strengthens meteorology and the Soci- scope and detail of meteorological applications within ag- ety in ways that transcend types of employment and the pre- riculture, business, industry, and various sectors of govern- vious narrow implications of private consulting for fee. Cer- ment operations have brought increasing demand for spe- tification is gaining the same significance in meteorology cialized services by meteorologists. These services extend that it has had in other technical professions for many years. beyond the traditional public service functions and statu- In contrast with the limited view of consulting meteorol- tory responsibilities of the National Weather Service, and ogy of only a decade ago, certification now applies to many the private practice of consulting meteorology has devel- branches of professional meteorology. oped in answer to some of the needs that have arisen. In me- teorology, as in other technical professions such as engi- neering and medicine, individuals form and maintain close CONSULTING METEOROLOGIST contact with
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1999
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