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cli·ma·tol·o·gy / ˌklīməˈtäləjē/ • n. the scientific study of climate. DERIVATIVES: cli·ma·to·log·i·cal / ˌklīmətlˈläjikəl/ adj. cli·ma·tol·o·gist / -jist/ n.

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climatology Scientific study of the Earth's climates. Physical climatology investigates relationships between temperature, pressure, winds, precipitation, and other weather phenomena. Regional climatology considers latitude and other geographical factors, such as the influence of large land masses in the climatic study of a particular place or region.