Earth’s Weather and Climate

Discipline: Environmental Science
Instructor: Sobey
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1050
End: 1205
Field Work: Day 1 - Tuesday, 6 October | Greece Download Syllabus

Will it rain tomorrow? Will the seas get much rougher? What is the evidence for climate change? How do the polar seas effect climate at the equator? Why are we experiencing more violent storms? Understanding how the atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces interact is critical to understanding weather and climate. Many of the critical issues facing people revolve around weather and climate. We will look how the climate system works, how people and natural events impact it, and what we can expect in the future.

Field Work

Country: Greece
Day: 1 - Tuesday, 6 October

We visit the Hellenic National Meteorological Service to learn their approach to making weather forecasts. After lunch we visit the University of Athens Atmospheric Modelling and Forecast Group for discussions about climate and weather modeling. Academic objectives: 1. Learn how weather forecasting is done 2. Understand how weather data is collected 3. Understand how forecasting is different in Europe