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GEOL0013 Principles of 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.

Coordinator: Prof Julienne Stroeve

Module details
TitlePrinciples of Climate
UG CodeGEOL0013
CoordinatorProf Julienne Stroeve
Other Contributors 
Term
Credit15 credits
Written Exam40%
Coursework60%
Pre-RequisitesNone for students on science-based or geography-based degrees.
Maths & Stats Content and RequirementThe 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 Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars32 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes0 hours
Hours of Tutorials0
Days of Fieldwork0
OtherNone
Content

CONTENT

Topics include:

  • Framework and foundations of climatology
  • Essential climate and variables, data sources and models
  • Global radiative balance and radiative-convective equilibrium
  • Differntial solar heating and atmospheric energy transport
  • Surface energy balance
  • Evaporation and transpiration
  • Clouds and precipitation
  • Pressing questions in climatology
  • Weather and climate in mid-latitudes

AIMS

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.

OUTCOMES

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