What is one thing that would surprise people about your field of work in meteorology?
“People understand that the weather is important, but many only view meteorologists as that person you see on TV. However, there are many other opportunities for meteorology jobs. Meteorology is the study of weather.”
“A part of meteorology people don’t often consider is that it’s not just the exciting weather (severe storms, tornados, hail, heavy rains, and hurricanes) that impact agriculture. The “nice days” (hot clear skies light winds) can be just as impactful to crops depending on the time of the year. Weather directly and indirectly impacts people’s lives.”
“Throughout my career, I’ve chosen roles that put me at the forefront of impactful weather both in public health (working in applied air quality and meteorology research) and feeding the world (working in ag-tech). Large organizations throughout the agriculture chain have positions that require an expert in meteorology to gather, process, and analyze weather data and its impact. There are also opportunities for research, forecasting, and consulting.”
How did you get into your line of work?
“I knew I wanted to enter meteorology long before high school. Even in middle school, I enjoyed observing storms and learning about the weather. As I learned more about the field, I realized that meteorology blended my passions for math, physics, science, and computers. In college, I took many of the same core classes as the engineers and physicists. These classes came in handy as much of meteorology is solving and modeling the atmosphere using complex differential equations and linear algebra.”
What is your most memorable moment at work?
“The most memorable moments have come from being able to work with people of different backgrounds to solve complex problems. From agronomists to software engineers, each person brings their unique perspective on how a problem could be solved and what the physical impact would be on land.”
“When examining how to model weather, you can’t just use software engineering and machine learning. Models need to take into account multiple academic and scientific disciplines to be credible and accurate. Working with cross-disciplinary teams allows us to create dynamic science-based solutions.”
What kinds of things do you think we should be doing to encourage more people to pursue a career in science?
“Meteorology is a field where the job opportunities aren’t as commonly understood. It’s on the industry as a whole to help educate students in undergraduate and graduate programs that there are options outside of academia or the National Weather Service. There are plenty of opportunities in startups, private industry, or in the tech field that regularly open up, but they’re harder to find and most college programs are simply unaware of these opportunities.”
“I found my first job on my own, but it would have been helpful to have better job boards with these types of roles. This is why I look for any opportunity to mentor and educate students on other possible alternative job opportunities.”
What advice would you give to young people interested in a career in science?
“Two key skills you should have:
- A strong scientific programming background, such as Python; and excellent professional scientific communication skills; and
- A strong ability to tell a compelling story with your science. Many scientists struggle to share their research in a compelling way to people who aren’t scientists. It’s essential to learn how to do effective professional scientific communication to present your science. If you can clearly communicate your ideas, you won’t have a problem finding a job.”
What do you hope to see in your field in the next ten years?
“A better general understanding of the global impacts of climate change and what we are doing to the planet. The science is “clear” and there is a consensus among scientists that Climate Change is real and is manmade. The wets are getting wetter, the hots are getting hotter, storms are getting stronger and more frequent. My hope is that in ten years the populus will be listening to the science community and have started taking actions to forced actions aimed at reducing and mitigating the impacts of climate change globally. I hope there will be better partnerships between government, private, and academic communities to understand and address Climate Change’s impact on society.”
What brought you to CIBO?
“I joined CIBO because of the importance placed on the weather. CIBO recognized the importance of having an expert in weather for our proprietary technology platforms. I was excited about the promise to be that weather expert.”
Why are you excited about CIBO?
“The vision and capabilities of the technologies at CIBO are unprecedented. We have the opportunity to be a disruptive force when it comes to looking for and valuing land. The possibilities are endless, and it’s on us to capitalize on it. I’m excited by the importance CIBO has placed on solutions backed and supported by science.”
What are your primary responsibilities at CIBO?
“I’m the weather guy, and I help to make sure the weather data is used in a scientifically correct way. I’m helping develop short and long term strategies for CIBO’s weather needs to improve CIBO’s products and services.”
What do you find the most rewarding about your work here?
“I’ve enjoyed blending a role of theoretical science with software engineering. It’s refreshing to have colleagues recognize the importance of crafting a strategy for weather data; and being able to build a science-based software framework where weather data is being used correctly and in the best way possible. It’s rewarding to know that the work you do matters and is appreciated by the company.”
About Adam Pasch
Adam Pasch is the Director of Product Management at CIBO, a science-driven software startup. Dr. Pasch is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society as an expert in the application of weather information. He is an experienced Environmental Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the scientific-software and applied research industries. Prior to CIBO, he worked for The Climate Corporation focusing on Weather Data Strategy and Operations and at Sonoma Technology, Inc as a Meteorologist and Project Manager. He holds a Ph.D., M.S., B.S. from Saint Louis University in Meteorology.