Earth’s Weather and Climate

Discipline: Environmental Science
Instructor: Sobey
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0925
End: 1040
Field Work: Day 6 | China 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: China
Day: 6

We jump from theory to practice to see how Hong Kong monitors its air quality and predicts its weather. First we visit one of Hong Kong’s nature reserves to savor the contrast from bustling streets with crowds of people and vehicles and how the region once looked. Then we visit the Hong Kong Observatory and weather station and finally an Environmental Protection Department’s air monitor station.
Academic Objectives: 1.  Understand how weather is forecast at the local level 2.  Understand how monsoons work and affect both nature and people 3.  Understand the impacts of climate change in Hong Kong. 4.  Understand how air quality is measured in Hong Kong.