[ 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

cli·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 Forms

climatologic (ˌklaɪmətəˈlɒdʒɪk) or climatological, adjectiveclimatologically, adverbclimatologist, noun
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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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