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What does a Meteorologist Researcher do? Have your students ever wondered how to forecast the weather conditions or how a storm is formed? It is a Meteorologist researcher’s job to answer these questions! They are real-life savers! Meteorologists observe, report, and forecast weather conditions to make you safe from dangerous weather phenomena. Working in an operational forecasting center, they are running and interpreting complex weather models. Meteorology is a tough subject though! A combination of atmospheric physics, chemistry, and mathematics is a must thing. Did you know meteorologists work very close together worldwide? It is such an international profession! Are your students ready to find out more about this career? Scroll down for more information.

Interview of Justinas Kilpys, PhD student at Vilnius University’s Institute of Geosciences, about his role as a Meteorologist Researcher


Find out about the key skills to become a Meteorologist Researcher.

Analytical Reasoning

A meteorologist researcher needs to know how to analyze and be able to interpret meteorological indices. In this profession, being able to connect advanced readings that include information on atmospheric physics, chemistry, and mathematics with day-to-day operational procedures is key.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the impact of alternative meteorological characteristics on various aspects of the economic and social life, is an essential part of a meteorologist researcher’s day-to-day work.


Being a specialist in a field demands a confident attitude. People demand from you to know how to process and utilize the information that most of them are not able to understand or even read. This puts a big responsibility on the scientist’s shoulders and he needs to be sure about his abilities before taking on a new project.

Operation Monitoring

Taking on a new shift, the meteorologist has to get up to speed with the recent developments in the natural phenomena and act accordingly in terms of monitoring the scientific operations and the communicational procedures.

Writing skills 

Depending on the audience, a meteorologist needs to explain or discuss complex scientific phenomena in various communication contexts (e.g. scientific reposts, public articles). This demands high control and adaptability of their writing skills

Personal responsibility

On-time intervention and briefing of the public can prove essential for this profession. However, informing the public needs caution. Using advanced terminology can make the message difficult to understand. And therefore, citizens might ignore the hazard while describing the danger too vividly might create counter-productive panic.

Meet Justinas Kilpys, PhD student,
Institute of Geosciences Vilnius University

Justinas Kilpys is a PhD student and junior researcher at Institute of Geosciences of Vilnius University, Lithuania. His main interest is remote sensing applications for climate research. During his PhD studies, he is focusing on snow cover and snow water equivalent detection using different satellite instruments.

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Vanessa James

I am a communication coordinator in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). Holding a BA degree in Public relations and digital communications, I am passionate about graphic design, photography, web development and content management.