INTRODUCTION TO CLIMATOLOGY (GOG 304)

Spring 2005

 

Instructor: Prof. Andrei G. Lapenis

Department of Geography and Planning,

Earth and Atmospheric Science Department

AS229, tel.: 442-4191

e-mail: alapenis@albany.edu

www.albany.edu/gp

CLASS MEETS: T, Thu 4:15 -5:35 pm at BA 213

OFFICE HOURS: Monday 11:00 am- 1:00 pm, Wednesday 3:00 -5:00 pm

GRADES: your final average is FA = (1/3) (HW + MT + FE) + EC, where HW, MT are the grades on 15 home works and midterm exam, FE is the grade on the final, and EC is the extra credit (up to 10 points for active participation in discussions). The grading on all examination is: >90= A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, 60-0=F..

REQUESTED BOOKS:

1.      "Climatology: An Atmospheric Sciences" by Oliver and Hidore, 2nd edition, 2002, ISBN 0-13-092205-6

2.      “Exercises in Climatology” by M. Snow, R. Snow and J. Oliver, ISBN 0-13-035469-4

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Survey of the fundamentals of climate system. Particular attention is paid to the explanation rather than the description of atmospheric and oceanic processes. Emphasis is given to the application of concepts of environmental physics to selected natural objects: terrestrial planets, the World Ocean, continents, cities, vegetation, animals and humans. Energy balance study at different temporal and spatial scales is used as a methodological tool to provide a better understanding of such concepts as the "greenhouse" effect, climate sensitivity, photosynthesis, the metabolism of animals, survival of humans in different climates, etc. Work with meteorological equipment is a part of the course project.

Course consists of four parts:

Part I: Physical and Dynamic Climatology

Part II: Regional Climatology

Part III: Past and Future Climates

Part IV: Applied Climatology

 

Midterm exam: March 8th

Final exam: May 11 (3:30pm-5:30pm)

Deadlines for home works assignments:

March 1st, HW1-6

April 7th, HW7-11

May 3rd, HW12-15

Home works are due by 17:00 on the specified day. It will be absolutely NO extension on deadlines. Turnover time for homework evaluation is about 1 week. All home works are self-explanatory. Please, plan your work ahead of time!