Learn the answers to these and other intriguing questions in GEOG 105/106. We will explore various atmospheric concepts, examine interesting weather phenomena, and identify how we can apply this information to decisions we face in our daily activities.
Through analogies presented in lecture and laboratory it helps students develop critical thinking skills. Introduces students to the scientific method as a means of understanding issues such as global climate change and the ozone hole. Integrates information from other related science fields such as geology, biology, physics, and chemistry. Develops written and computational skills through laboratory assignments, making use of computers and other instruments. Provides a historical review of meteorology, giving perspective to how a science develops and how science is shaped by societal and cultural needs.
Course Offered: Both spring and fall semesters: 4 credit hours (you must register for both Geog 105 and Geog 106)
General Education: Fulfills a science/math distributive area requirement and matches the following general education goals: develop communication and technical skills, apply various modes of inquiry, and develop an understanding of integrated knowledge, through a combination of lecture material, readings, and laboratory assignments, and exams.
Course Goal: To provide non-meteorology majors with a basic understanding of how the atmosphere works and impacts our lives and environment.
GEOG408/508: Tropical Environmental Hazards (3)
Examination of natural hazards with a focus on Southeast Asia. Tsunamis, monsoons, typhoons, flooding, droughts, and urban hazards are explored. Interactions among the following three major systems are analyzed with respect to shaping these hazards: the physical environment, social and demographic characteristics, and components of the built environment.
GEOG 460/560: Remote Sensing (with Wei Luo) (3)
MET 320: Synoptic Meteorology (3)
This course introduces meteorological codes, analysis, and forecasting techniques, and the theory of synoptic-scale weather systems. It will also cover basic principles of atmospheric thermodynamics, kinematics, and numerical weather prediction.
MET 421/521: Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (3)
Applications of synoptic analysis, forecast techniques, and fluid dynamics to the diagnosis and forecasting of mid-latitude weather systems. Examination of the lifecycle of mid-latitude cyclones using quasi-geostrophic theory. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.