Spring 2018 - GEOG 214 D100

Weather and Climate (3)

Class Number: 3574

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Kirsten Zickfeld
    1 778 782-9047
    Office: RCB 6238
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 111.



An examination of the basic principles and processes governing the Earth's weather and climate. Topics include: radiation, greenhouse effect, clouds, precipitation, atmospheric circulation, mid-latitude cyclones, tropical storms, climate change. Quantitative.


This course examines the fundamental principles and processes governing the Earth’s weather and climate. The goal is to provide students with the tools to understand how daily weather phenomena arise, how they change over seasonal and longer timescales, and how they lead to distinct climates across the globe. Topics examined in this course include:

• Atmospheric composition and structure
• Radiation and energy
• Daily and seasonal temperature variations
• Atmospheric humidity, clouds and precipitation
• Winds at different spatial scales
• Air masses, fronts, midlatitude cyclones
• Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes
• Global climates • Global warming

Organization: One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour laboratory session per week.

There will be NO laboratory sessions in the first week of classes.
This course may NOT be applied towards a certificate in liberal arts.


  • Laboratory Assignments 40%
  • Weather Journal 10%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



Ahrens, C.D., Jackson P.L. and Jackson C.E.J (2011), Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate and The Environment, 2nd Canadian Edition, Nelson Education, Toronto.

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