What is a Climate Change Analyst?
Climate Change Analysts evaluate scientific data and do extensive research about the climate.
The climate data often includes, but is not limited to, information about atmospheric temperature, ocean conditions, ice masses, and greenhouse gases.
They use this data to create models and to make predictions about what will happen to Earth’s climate in the future, and what impacts, if any, these changes will have on natural eco-systems and civilizations. They evaluate both economic and physical impacts.
What does a Climate Change Analyst do?
- analysing climate-related research findings
- proposing new or modify policies involving use of traditional and alternative fuels, transportation of goods, and other factors relating to climate and climate change
- researching policies, practices, or procedures for climate or environmental management
- making legislative recommendations related to climate change
- preparing study reports, academic papers, memoranda, briefs, testimonies, etc
- providing analytical support for policy briefs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, or climate change
- developing educational or outreach programs
- gathering and review climate-related studies from government agencies, research laboratories, and other organisations
- preparing grant applications.
- presenting and defending proposals
Are you . . . ?
- interested in the social and environmental impacts of climate change?
- able to organize and sift through large amounts of data?
- good at deductive logic?
- good at communicating?
- good at writing?
How do I become a Climate Change Analyst?
A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or a related field is necessary to become a Climate Change Analyst. Most universities offer environmental science in South Africa.
Is becoming a Climate Change Analyst the right career choice for me?
See below for more info.