History of Meteorology https://journal.meteohistory.org/index.php/hom <p><em>History of Meteorology</em> <em>(HoM)</em> is the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the history of meteorology and climatology.</p> International Commission for the History of Meteorology en-US History of Meteorology 1555-5763 Trajectories and reconversions of the Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies (CPTEC) https://journal.meteohistory.org/index.php/hom/article/view/79 <p>The process that created the Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies (CPTEC) in Brazil in the 1980s and 90s, which introduced Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models, was also a moment for reconversion of a meteorological science elite in the country. This double-sided process occurred in view of a series of favorable historical conditions, such as the institutionalization of space research, as well as of the implementation of new scientific policies in Brazil. CPTEC was formed by young scientists from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) who had recently obtained their doctoral degrees abroad. While defending the modernization of Brazilian meteorology, through the creation of this new meteorological center, these scientists, based on their trajectories and attributes of scientific excellence, constituted a group of science elite. The introduction of research on climate change would be a new opportunity for recognition of part of these researchers as members of this elite. This study describes how the trajectories of certain scientists shaped their careers, producing what we call reconversion of science elites, as well as the scientific field in the implementation of the first NWP center in Brazil.</p> Thales de Andrade Paulo Escada Copyright (c) 2021 Thales de Andrade, Paulo Escada https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-05-18 2021-05-18 10 1 23