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Course Description

An introductory course in Meteorology that is both descriptive and analytical on the physical principles affecting the earth's weather. Topics covered include the nature of the atmosphere, solar energy, heat, temperature, pressure, stability, moisture, wind, storms, severe weather and forecasting. The course introduces climatology as a scientific study and will look at the earth's climatic history, current research in climate modeling and the possibility of global climate change. ADVISORY: MATH 205.

Learning Outcomes

  • Read weather maps and correctly interpret the main weather map symbols.
  • Describe the mechanisms by which heating imbalances drive the atmospheric circulation
  • Explain the relation between the wind field and pressure patterns.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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