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GEOL2016 Atmosphere, Weather & Climate



This course provides students with an up-to-date introduction to meteorology, including a description of the Earth's atmosphere, its weather processes, and climatic conditions. The course gives a thorough explanation the mechanisms for the various atmospheric processes, providing students with a sound understanding of the physical principles involved without going into too much mathematical detail. It includes detailed discussion of environmental problems relating to the atmosphere such as ozone depletion, low level air pollution and global warming, and considers the role in meteorology of technological advances such as weather forecasting models and meteorological satellites.


Practical and Transferable Outcomes:

  • effective communication of information in writing;
  • skills in writing, comprehension of scientific data and papers, mathematical calculation, independent study, IT skills.


  • Characteristics of the Earth's atmosphere;
  • Warming the Earth and the atmosphere;
  • Air temperature;
  • Humidity, condensation and clouds;
  • Cloud development and precipitation;
  • Air pressure and winds;
  • Atmospheric circulations;
  • Air masses, fronts and middle latitude cyclones;
  • Weather forecasting;
  • Thunderstorms and tornadoes;
  • Hurricanes;
  • Air pollution;
  • Global climate;
  • Climate change.
Title Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
UG Code GEOL2016
Coordinator Dr. Ian Mason
Other Contributors  
Term 2 (Not running 2013-14)
Credit 0.5 CU
Written Exam 80%
Coursework 20%
Pre-Requisites None for students on science-based or geography-based degrees.
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement The course contains a minimal amount of mathematics and statistics - instead the lectures take a largely qualitative or semi-quantitative explanatory approach, which is well suited to studying a complex system such as the atmosphere/climate system.
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 32 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 0 hours
Hours of Tutorials 0
Days of Fieldwork 0
Other None

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