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New Course - Atmospheric Sciences

Ateneo revives leadership in atmospheric sciences


Climate change and the expected destruction caused by extreme weather conditions have become major concerns of countries all over the world. In response to these concerns, the Ateneo de Manila University is opening a new Master of Science in Atmospheric Sciences program in June 2008. This program is expected to contribute to the training of meteorologists at the country’s weather bureau, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The initial batch of students will be made up of two groups of graduate students made up of staff members of PAGASA and applicants to the weather bureau. The studies of the initial batch will be funded by the Department of Science and Technology’s Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). The students will start with courses preparatory to the program proper this second semester.

The MS Atmospheric Sciences program will have three specialization tracks: Meteorology, Air Quality and Climate Change. The Meteorology track has the most relevance to PAGASA. The tracks on Air Quality and Climate Change will address the concerns related to environment and sustainable development.

The MS Atmospheric Sciences program is being offered under the Department of Physics of the Loyola Schools, in close collaboration with the Manila Observatory (MO). The Ateneo and the MO combined have the largest concentration of PhDs in this area and the best equipped laboratories. Dr. Fabian Dayrit, dean of the Ateneo’s School of Science and Engineering, expressed optimism that the program will be able to attract students from the Asian region.

This important program calls to mind the origin of the Jesuit-run Manila Observatory which functioned as the first weather bureau in Southeast Asia. The Manila Observatory is a private non-stock, non-profit, scientific research institution that was established in 1865 by the Jesuit mission in the Philippines. Lead by Jesuit Fr. Federico Faura at its inception, the MO began serving typhoon warnings in 1879 and embarked on earthquake observations in 1880. In 1884, The Spanish government issued a royal decree formally recognizing the Manila Observatory as the official Philippine institution for weather forecasting. The weather forecasting function was subsequently taken over by PAGASA after World War II.

The Philippines’s unique geographic position at the center of the typhoon belt makes the training of meteorologists and climate change specialists crucial to the country’s well-being. Meteorologists are needed not only by PAGASA, but by airports, seaports, and local governments, as well.

Comments

  • sunpowersunpower Member PExer
    I'm wondering if chemistry grads may take this course too.
  • skyisblueskyisblue Member PExer
    At first, I thought MS AS was an undergrad program. Haha. But wow ha, astig ng course name. ;)
  • Ghost RiderGhost Rider Spirit of Vengeance ✭✭✭
    Parang MS-Environmental Science ng UP Diliman at LB. Meteorologists lang ba ang capable na kumuha nito? I'm very interested with this, and naging part din kasi ng curriculum namin ang atmospheric sciences.
  • onihimeonihime Member PExer
    Mas suited ang mga grads ng BS GEOLOGY para dyan.
  • HunHun Banned by Admin PExer
    Its open not only to meteorologists but also to undergrads with different backgrounds like environmental science, chemistry, physics, math, etc. A follow-on PHD program is currently in the works according to Dr. Dayrit.
  • elmarkuselmarkus Member PExer
    open ba to kung management undergrad?
  • AbulugAdventureAbulugAdventure Fate Harlaown's husband ✭✭
    Bukas pa ba ito?!! I'm inetrested on this one.

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