[ klahy-muh-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌklaɪ məˈtɒl ə dʒi /


the science that deals with the phenomena of climates or climatic conditions.


Nearby words

  1. climatic zone,
  2. climatize,
  3. climatography,
  4. climatological,
  5. climatologist,
  6. climax,
  7. climax community,
  8. climb,
  9. climb down,
  10. climb indicator

Origin of climatology

First recorded in 1835–45; climate + -o- + -logy

Related formscli·ma·to·log·ic [klahy-muh-tl-oj-ik] /ˌklaɪ mə tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, cli·ma·to·log·i·cal, adjectivecli·ma·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbcli·ma·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for climatologist

  • University of East Anglia climatologist Phil Jones followed in his footsteps when some emails of his leaked to the press.

    The 2009 Daily Beast Political Awards|Samuel P. Jacobs|December 23, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • So far as known, however, no geologist or climatologist has discussed the probable climatic effects of increased salinity.

    Climatic Changes|Ellsworth Huntington

British Dictionary definitions for climatologist


/ (ˌklaɪməˈtɒlədʒɪ) /


the study of climate
Derived Formsclimatologic (ˌklaɪmətəˈlɒdʒɪk) or climatological, adjectiveclimatologically, adverbclimatologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for climatologist
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Science definitions for climatologist


[ klī′mə-tŏlə-jē ]

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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