The Board of Regents unanimously approved a graduate certificate program at LSU in climatology and climate change at its monthly meeting Thursday. The program will aim to provide a ready workforce to combat climate change’s projected effects on Louisiana’s coast.
Currently, LSU students who want to study climatology must major in geography with a concentration in climatology.
“[The program] will focus on a topic relevant to the state of Louisiana because climate change might affect hurricane activity,” said Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs Jeannine Kahn.
Kahn said the rising sea levels brought on by climate change are expected to influence coastal communities, and low-lying New Orleans is a specific area of concern for climatologists.
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