Spring 2020 - GEOG 214 D100

Weather and Climate (3)

Class Number: 3164

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2202, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Kirsten Zickfeld
    kzickfel@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-9047
    Office: RCB 6238
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 111.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

Course Details: This course examines the fundamental principles and processes governing the Earth’s weather and climate. 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

Course organization: One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab session per week. Lab attendance and participation is required.

There WILL BE lab sessions in the 1st week.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

After completing this course students will be able to:
•         Explain the fundamental principles and processes governing the Earth’s atmosphere
•         Explain how weather phenomena arise, how they change over seasonal and longer timescales, and how they lead to distinct climates across the globe
•         Discuss human influence on the atmosphere
•         Demonstrate proficiency in the quantitative analysis of weather and climate data
•         Effectively communicate scientific information in written and visual form

Grading

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

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Ahrens, C.D., Jackson P.L. and Jackson C.E.J (2015), Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate and The Environment, 2nd Canadian Edition, Nelson Education, Toronto.

Registrar Notes:

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

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