Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Climate and Weather Laboratory
Course: GPH215

First Term: 2018 Fall
Laboratory   1.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: T

Description: A mathematical, statistical, and spatial analysis of climatological phenomena.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Examine the composition and structure of the atmosphere. (I)
2. Describe the role of energy in the earth`s radiation balance. (II)
3. Show the Earth / Sun Relations and its importance to radiation variation on the Earth. (III)
4. Examine field data for temperature and moisture for various locations. (IV, V)
5. Analyze temperature, pressure, and precipitation maps. (IV, V, VII)
6. Create and analyze weather maps. (VI)
7. Delineate the different climatic classifications throughout the world. (VIII)
8. Describe the relationship between climate and vegetation. (VIII)
9. Analyze severe weather events. (IX)
10. Determine past climate variations and their respective causes. (X)
11. Compare natural and human-induced changes on the Earth`s climate. (X)
12. Quantify the impact temperature/moisture/wind phenomena on humans/economy. (XI, XII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. The Atmosphere
   A. Standard Atmosphere
   B. The Troposphere and Latitude
   C. Variations with Air Pressure and Altitude
   D. Atmospheric Composition

II. The Energy Balance
   A. Heat Transfer
   B. Radiation
   C. Incoming Solar Energy
   D. Solar Energy and the Atmosphere
   E. Earth`s Energy Balance

III. The Season
   A. The Seasons
   B. Intensity of Solar Radiation
   C. Noon Zenith Angle

IV. Temperature
   A. Temperature Scales
   B. Temperature Data
   C. Annual Temperature Range
   D. Temperature Controls
   E. Isotherms

V. Atmospheric Moisture
   A. The Water Budget
   B. The Water Balance
   C. Precipitation Distribution
   D. Orographic Precipitation
   E. Seasonal Precipitation

VI. Air Mass, Fronts, and Cyclones
   A. Air Masses
   B. Cold Fronts
   C. Warm Fronts
   D. Stationary Fronts
   E. Occluded Fronts
   F. Weather Maps
   G. Cyclogenesis

VII. Winds and the Global Circulation
   A. Atmospheric Pressure
   B. Factors Affecting Wind
   C. Global Pressure and Winds
   D. Convergence and Divergence
   E. Upper Air Winds and Charts

VIII. Climate Classification
   A. The Köppen System
   B. Air Masses and Climate
   C. Climate and Vegetation

IX. Extreme Climate Events
   A. Hurricanes
   B. Tornadoes
   C. El Niño / Southern Oscillation

X. Climate Change
   A. Climate Variability
   B. Milankovitch Orbital Cycles
   C. Global Warming
   D. Stratospheric Ozone

XI. Climate Indices
   A. Heating Degree-Days
   B. Cooling Degree-Days
   C. Growing Degree-Days

XII. Climate Comfort
   A. The Building Design
   B. The Heat Index
   C. The Wind Chill Factor

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 26, 2016

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