University of British Columbia
Department of Geography

GEOB200
Atmospheric Environments                          



FALL 2017:

Course Description:

Physical principles underlying weather and climates. Thermal, moisture and wind climates at scales from valleys to the globe. Daily weather, air pollution, global change. Specific examples and illustrations will be drawn from the Pacific Northwest.


FAST LINK TO RESOURCES INCLUDING LABS AND  NOTES

FAST LINK TO  Vancouver Weather forecasts (EC)    and    WEATHER LAUNCHPAD  and CLIFF MASS WEATHER BLOG and CLIMATE REANALYZER

FAST LINK TO WEATHER RADAR

FAST LINK TO UBC WEATHER STATION

Important Pre-term instructions: the text for the course is "Weather and Climate" by Sheila Louden Ross. If you wish, you could also purchase cheaper used versions of any editions of Aguado and Burt, Danielsen or Ahrens (especially the Canadian Edition).

Instructor:
Dr. Ian McKendry,  Geography, Room 250, 822-4929, email: ian@geog.ubc.ca


Teaching Assistants:
Cary Pomeroy

Madison Ferrara

Course Objectives:

  • To introduce the principle processes and concepts of meteorology and climatology at all scales
  • To gain an appreciation of the wonders of the atmosphere
  • To be able to understand and perhaps even make your own weather forecasts

The main topics of the course are:

  • Solar radiation
  • Longwave (IR) and net allwave radiation
  • Heat balance and temperature
  • Water balance and atmospheric moisture
  • Atmospheric thermodynamics
  • Precipitation
  • Atmospheric motion
  • Wind systems
  • Air masses, fronts and frontogenesis
  • Mesoscale phenomena
  • Local scale phenomena
  • Global climate and climate change

Lecture Location:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 - 11:50am, Room 200

Lab Locations:
Section L1A: Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00, Room 214
Section L1B: Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00, Room 214
Section L1C: Thursday 09:00 - 11:00, Room 214
Section L1D: Thursday 11:00 - 13:00, Room 214

Office Hours:
Instructor: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 - 1:00pm, Room 250 or with appointment
Teaching Assistants: TBA or with appointment

Exam Dates: (detailed information)
Monday October 16: Mid-term Exam
October 24/26: Lab Exam 1
Nov 28/30: Lab Exam 2
December  Final Exam TBA

Resource Material:
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Please follow this link to the resource pages.



last update: August 2010