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GEOB 200 / 204 / APBI 244

Atmospheric Environments/  Biometeorology

GEOG 311 - Urban Environments

by Ian McKendry -  Physical principles underlying weather and climates. Thermal, moisture and wind climates from the scale of plants and animals to the globe. Daily weather systems and climate change. 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
04-Sep-19 1 Introduction and course overview.
06-Sep-19 2 Energy.
09-Sep-19 3 Radiation laws.
11-Sep-19 4 Incoming short-wave radiation.
13-Sep-19 5 Surface geometry and albedo.
16-Sep-19 6 Radiative transfer in plant canopies.
18-Sep-19 7 Long-wave radiation.
20-Sep-19 8 Radiation budget of Planet Earth.
23-Sep-19 9 Net radiation of land surfaces.
25-Sep-19 10 Heat and temperature.
27-Sep-19 11 Heat conduction.
30-Sep-19 12 Thermal admittance.
02-Oct-19 13 Atmospheric humidity.
04-Oct-19 14 Laminar boundary layers.
07-Oct-19
15 Temperature of small objects.
09-Oct-19 16 Animal microclimate: basic principles.
11-Oct-19 17 Wind chill and thermal regulation.
14-Oct-19 Thanksgiving - University closed
16-Oct-19 Review / Questions
18-Oct-19 Mid-term exam (FAQ, Exam, Answer Key, Statistics).
21-Oct-19 18 Lapse rates and stability.
23-Oct-19 19 Local winds.
25-Oct-19 20 Turbulence and convection.
28-Oct-19 21 Turbulent exchange.
30-Oct-19 22 Wind breaks and wind damage.
01-Nov-19 23 Frost protection.
04-Nov-19 24 Energy balance of crops and forests.
06-Nov-19 25 Evapotranspiration.
08-Nov-19 26 Water balance.
11-Nov-19 University closed (Remembrance Day).
13-Nov-19 27 Photosynthesis and CO2 flux.
28 Carbon balance of crops and forests.

15-Nov-19 29 Climate classification.
18-Nov-19 30 Clouds and precipitation.
20-Nov-19 31 Winds and global circulation.
22-Nov-19 32 Weather systems.
25-Nov-19 33 Climate change of the past.
27-Nov-19 34 Future climate change.
29-Nov-19 No Lecture - Study Final

03 - Dec - 19
08:30am
Final Examination (FAQ).
 
 
Laboratories

Printed laboratory manuals will be posted online for download at the end of the first week. You are responsible for bringing the manual to labs.

Date Topic Location
10-Sep-19
12-Sep-19
L1 The UBC Climatological Station
Meet at gate of Plant Science Field Station.
2613 West Mall
17-Sep-19
19-Sep-19
L1 - continued .The UBC Climatological Station - continued in LAB

MCML 102A
24-Sep-19
26-Sep-19
L2 Radiative properties of surfaces.
Table (template): Word, PDF
MCML 102A
01-Oct-19
03-Oct-19
L3 Radiation budgets.
Table (template):
Word, PDF
MCML 102A
8-Oct-19
10-Oct-19
L5 Atmospheric humidity. MCML 102A
15-Oct-19
17-Oct-19
No labs (Midterm Exam)  
22-Oct-19
24-Oct-19
L6 Atmospheric Stability MCML 102A
29-Oct -19
31-Oct-19
L7 Boundary layer characteristics. MCML 102A
05-Nov-19 07-Nov-19 L8 Energy and Water Budgets.
Table (template): 
MCML 102A
12-Nov-19 15-Nov-19 L9 Climate Classification  (1 hour intro)- hand-in 27 NOV in class MCML
102A
19-Nov-19
21-Nov-19
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 2019/20

Lectures

Mon Wed Fri 09:00 to 09:50am
Geography, Room 100

Laboratories

Tue 09:00-11:00 (L1A)
Tue 11:00-1:00 (L1B)
Tue 01;00 - 0300 (L1F)

Thu 09:00-11:00 (L1C)
Thu 11:00 to 1:00 (L1D)
Thu 1:00 to 03:00 (L1E)

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

Ian McKendry
Professor 
250 - 1984 West Mall
ian.mckendry@geog.ubc.ca
604-822-4929
Office Hour: by appointment

Teaching Assistants

Marion Nyberg (mnybe1@mail.ubc.ca)
Office Hours: Mon 2-4pm Rm 215B GEOG

Sarah Russell (sr2416@mail.ubc.ca)

Office Hours: Mon 5-7pm Rm 215D

GEOG

Nick Lee (sungching.lee@geog.ubc.ca
)

Office Hours: By appointment

Patrick Pow (coordinator)

 

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Latest changes : December 8, 2017.