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GEOB 204 / APBI 244

Introduction to Biometeorology

GEOG 311 - Urban Environments

by Andy Black and Jilmarie Stephens - 'Introduction to Biometeorology' teaches fundamental processes and concepts of climatology, and their relevance to vegetation and animal systems. We focus on interactions between vegetation and the atmosphere and gain an understanding of mass, momentum and energy exchange of vegetated land-surfaces. We discuss large scale weather and climate processes relevant to applications in forestry and agriculture.

The course consists of thirty-four one-hour lectures and nine mandatory two-hour laboratory exercises. The accompanying laboratory exercises provide hands-on experiences explaining physical principles and introducing biometeorological instrumentation.

 

Lectures and Exams
Date Topic Instructor
06-Sep-17 1 Introduction and course overview. Black / Stephens
08-Sep-17 2 Energy. Stephens
11-Sep-17 3 Radiation laws. Stephens
13-Sep-17 4 Incoming short-wave radiation. Stephens
15-Sep-17 5 Surface geometry and albedo. Stephens
18-Sep-17 6 Radiative transfer in plant canopies. Stephens
20-Sep-17 7 Long-wave radiation. Stephens
22-Sep-17 8 Radiation budget of Planet Earth. Stephens
25-Sep-17 9 Net radiation of land surfaces. Stephens
27-Sep-17 10 Heat and temperature. Stephens
29-Sep-17 11 Heat conduction. Stephens
02-Oct-17 12 Thermal admittance. Stephens
04-Oct-17 13 Atmospheric humidity. Black
06-Oct-17 14 Laminar boundary layers. Black
09-Oct-17 University closed (Thanksgiving).  
11-Oct-17 15 Temperature of small objects. Black
13-Oct-17 16 Animal microclimate: basic principles. Black
16-Oct-17 17 Wind chill and thermal regulation. Black
18-Oct-17 Review / Questions Black / Stephens
20-Oct-17 Mid-term exam (FAQ, Exam, Answer Key, Statistics).  
23-Oct-17 18 Lapse rates and stability. Stephens
25-Oct-17 19 Local winds. Black
27-Oct-17 20 Turbulence and convection. Black
30-Oct-17 21 Turbulent exchange. Stephens
01-Nov-17 22 Wind breaks and wind damage. Stephens
03-Nov-17 23 Frost protection. Stephens
06-Nov-17 24 Energy balance of crops and forests. Black
08-Nov-17 25 Evapotranspiration. Black
10-Nov-17 26 Water balance. Black
13-Nov-17 University closed (Remembrance Day).  
15-Nov-17 27 Photosynthesis and CO2 flux. Black
17-Nov-17 28 Carbon balance of crops and forests. Black
20-Nov-17 29 Climate classification. Black
22-Nov-17 30 Clouds and precipitation. Stephens
24-Nov-17 31 Winds and global circulation. Stephens
27-Nov-17 32 Weather systems. Stephens
29-Nov-17 33 Climate change of the past. Black
01-Dec-17 34 Future climate change. Black
16-Dec-17
8:30am
Final Examination at SWNG 122 (FAQ).  
 
 
Laboratories

Printed laboratory manuals can be purchased for $6 outside the classroom at the end of class on Sep-11 and Sep-13, 2017. Please bring exact change.

Date Topic Location
14-Sep-17
15-Sep-17
L1 The UBC Climatological Station
Meet at gate of Plant Science Field Station.
2613 West Mall
21-Sep-17
22-Sep-17
L2 Radiative properties of surfaces.
Table (template): Word, PDF
MCML 102A
28-Sep-17
29-Sep-17
L3 Radiation budgets.
Table (template): Word, PDF
MCML 102A
05-Oct-17
06-Oct-17
L4 Specific heat of soils.
Table (template): Word, PDF
MCML 102A
12-Oct-17
13-Oct-17
L5 Atmospheric humidity. MCML 102A
19-Oct-17
20-Oct-17
No labs (Midterm Exam)  
26-Oct-17
27-Oct-17
L6 Effect of radiation and convection on surface temperature. MCML 102A
02-Nov-17
03-Nov-17
L7 Boundary layer characteristics. MCML 102A
09-Nov-17 10-Nov-17 L8 Energy balance of crops and forests.
Table (template): Word, PDF
MCML 102A
16-Nov-17 17-Nov-17 L9 Soil respiration.
Table (template): Word, PDF
MCML 102A
23-Nov-17
24-Nov-17
No Labs  

> Study questions.
> Glossary.
> Common equations (Password required).

 

Photo: UBC climatologists operate various research towers in forests across BC. At this site in the Prince George Area, eddy correlation systems (see lectures 21 and 28) measure continuously the carbon exchange between the forest ecosystem and the atmosphere in a Mountain Pine Beetle attacked stand.
 

Course outline

Term 1 2017/18

Lectures

Mon Wed Fri 12:00 to 12:50
McMillan Bldg. 160

Laboratories

Thu 10:00 to 12:00 (L01)
Thu 14:00 to 16:00 (L02)
Thu 16:00 to 18:00 (L03)
Fri 08:00 to 10:00 (L04)
Fri 10:00 to 12:00 (L05)
MacMillan 102A
 
Do not switch lab-sections. Always attend the section that you are enrolled in.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites. Credit will be given for only one of GEOG 200, 204, GEOB 200, 204, AGRO 244, APBI 244.

Course evaluation

Marks for the course will be allocated as follows:

Instructors

Andy Black
Professor
Biometeorology and Soil Physics Group
135 - 2357 Main Mall
andrew.black@ubc.ca
604-822-2730
Office Hour: by appointment

Jilmarie Stephens
PhD Candidate
Biometeorology and Soil Physics Group
136 - 2357 Main Mall
jjstephe@mail.ubc.ca
604-822-5654
Office Hour: Wed 10:15 - 11:00
(Weekly Sep 6 to Nov 29, 2017 except
on holidays).

Teaching Assistants

Madison Ferrara
Lab sections: L1 (first half of term),L4,and L5
Department of Geography
217 - 1984 West Mall
madisonferrara93@gmail.com

Patrick Pow
Lab sections: L1 (second half of term), L2,and L3
Department of Soil Sciences
136 - 2357 Main Mall
pkcpow@mail.ubc.ca
Office Hour: Tue 9:00 - 10:00
McMl 139

 

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