Climate And Society Degree Track

Drypond Drypond
Master of Professional Science

This degree track within the Professional Master Program emphasizes the relationship between weather, climate and societal impacts. The financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events pose important scientific and socio-economic challenges, both in terms of urban planning and managing the financial risks associated with these changes. Employers in government, insurance, energy, and a number of other weather-impacted industries are seeking professionals who are fluent in both the fundamentals of business and the physical sciences.

Social vulnerability, mitigation strategies, and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change are strongly mediated by legal, socioeconomic, policy, psychological, epidemiological and cultural factors, including housing and construction codes, environmental risk perception, and health management/delivery. This theme draws on UM’s breadth and depth in interdisciplinary climatological and meteorological research, addressing risk management in the human health, fisheries, agriculture, water management, natural hazards, and coastal zone sectors. Faculty from RSMAS, Miller School of Medicine, and Geography contribute to the climate and society theme with their analysis of both climate trends and hazards, while faculty at the Schools of Law, Architecture, and the College of Engineering focus on the legal, material, and aesthetic aspects of the built environment that influence the mitigation of vulnerability and development of more resilient urban systems

Climate and Society (CS)

The MPS in Climate and Society emphasizes the relationship between weather, climate and societal impacts. Please see our departmental website for more information about this program.

Program Requirements

Dr. Brian Soden

Weather Climate and Society Track

(305) 421-4202
Position and Research Expertise Brian Soden is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer simulations of Earth's climate. His areas of interest include understanding climate...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
ATM 651 or 614 Introduction to Atmospheric Science or Introduction to Weather and Climate 3
ATM 653 Climate Change 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (Can be taken in Fall or Spring)
GEG 648 Climate Change & Public Health (or ELECTIVE) 3
Credit Hours 12
Spring Credit Hours
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 662 Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS (or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
RSM 670 Carbon and Climate (or ELECTIVE) 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Credit Hours
ATM 805 MPS Internship 6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Course List

Code Title Credit Hours
ACC 671 Accounting for Decision Making 2
RSM 670 Carbon and Climate 3
ATM 732 Climate Dynamics 3
MES 720 Coastal Law and Policy 3
MES 618 Coastal Zone Management 3
ATM 663 Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms 3
MES 602 Economics of Natural Resources 3
FIN 602 Fundamentals of Finance 3
ATM 611 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I 3
MES 662 Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS 3
MES 710 International Ocean Law And Governance 3
MES 660 Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems 3
MGT 600 Managing Responsible Behavior in Organizations 3
ATM 633 Atmospheric Boundary Layer 3
MES 616 Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis 3
RSM 649 Scientific Communication 3


For more details, visit the UM Bulletin