Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Introduction to Climatology Laboratory
Course: GPH215

First Term: 2005 Summer I
Laboratory   1 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   2.4 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

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 Earth/Sun relations and their importance to radiation variations 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 of 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:  4/26/2005

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