Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
University of Washington
THE UNIVERSITY OF Washington, located in Seattle, was founded in 1851. The university confers bachelor's, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees in a variety of academic and professional disciplines including atmospheric sciences and Earth and space sciences (includes the former Departments of Geology and Geophysics) and environmental sciences. Founded in 1947, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences focuses on teaching excellence incorporating a wide range of topics including weather forecasting, global warming, air quality, mountain weather, marine weather, El Nino, the ozone hole, ice ages, and the weather of Mars. Students who choose atmospheric science majors are prepared for a range of career options (weather forecasting, environmental meteorology, broadcast weather, and a broad range of careers with government and private employers in meteorology or environmental sciences). The teaching facilities include a map room (for viewing weather data including radar and satellite imagery and forecast models) and an instruments laboratory (for learning about ...