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[klahy-muh-tol-uh-jee] /ˌklaɪ məˈtɒl ə dʒi/
the science that deals with the phenomena of climates or climatic conditions.
Origin of climatology
First recorded in 1835-45; climate + -o- + -logy
Related forms
[klahy-muh-tl-oj-ik] /ˌklaɪ mə tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
climatological, adjective
climatologically, adverb
climatologist, noun Unabridged
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  • Is it not possible that their acquaintance with climatology was as exact or even more so than our own?

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould
  • Sir, my felicitations upon the indefectibility of the climatology.

  • climatology may almost be defined as geographical meteorology.

  • The climatology of the Valley of the Amazon is as simple as its physical geography.

  • He was a writer on mathematics, terrestrial physics, and climatology.

    The Glories of Ireland Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
  • The climatology of the region was carefully investigated and tests of the seeing made by Hussey and others.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • The subject is closely related to geography, climatology, sedimentation, and hydrology.

  • All this is a mere beginning toward the complete discussion of a body of temperature observations for the purposes of climatology.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • A body of knowledge concerning the climate of any place or region; as, the climatology of Panama.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
British Dictionary definitions for climatology


the study of climate
Derived Forms
climatologic (ˌklaɪmətəˈlɒdʒɪk), climatological, adjective
climatologically, adverb
climatologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for climatology

"scientific study of climates," 1803, from climate + -ology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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climatology in Science
The scientific study of climates, including the causes and long-term effects of variation in regional and global climates. Climatology also studies how climate changes over time and is affected by human actions.
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