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Title: Weather, Climate


1
Weather, Climate Landscapes
http//www.uvm.edu/geograph
2
Weather, Climate and Landscapes
Images from Arbogast, 2007
3
Geography as a discipline
Arbogast, Fig1.1
4
The spheres of physical geography
Arbogast, Fig1.5
5
Course Content
  • Maps as tools and information sources
  • Atmospheric composition and structure
  • Energy and heat dynamics
  • Atmospheric pressure winds
  • Atmospheric moisture, clouds, precipitation
  • Weather systems (fronts, hurricanes, tornadoes)
  • Landforms
  • Plant distributions

6
Course goals
  • Analyze and interpret meteorological data to
    predict weather
  • Synthesize weather data to interpret a regions
    climate
  • Develop models showing flow of energy and mass
    within between earths spheres
  • Interpret a landscape and assess physical and
    biological processes that have affected it
  • Evaluate information about environmental global
    climate change

7
Resources for Students
  • Class website at http//www.uvm.edu/webct
  • Text Arbogast, 2007. Discovering Physical
    Geography.
  • bookstore or online ( http//edugen.wiley.com/edu
    gen/class/cls52037/ )
  • Discovering Physical Geography online
    http//www.wiley.com/college/arbogast
  • Supplemental readings (posted on webct)
  • iClickers. Purchase at bookstore, register at
    http//www.iclicker.com
  • Email broadcasts read your UVM email account
  • (to forward UVM email to another account go to
    https//webmail.uvm.edu

8
Graded work
  • Attendance/Participation (10)
  • bring your iClicker!
  • Weekly reading questions on webct (15)
  • due Mondays, Wednesdays by midnight
  • In-class activities and homework (25)
  • due dates strictly enforced
  • Midterm exam (25)
  • Thurs, Feb 28 in class
  • Final exam (25)
  • Thurs, May 8, 900-1100am, L207

9
Policies/Expectations
  • Attendance/participation critical to your success
  • Please help us reduce distractions
  • Due dates strictly adhered to / no make-up exams
  • Take advantage of office hours
  • Hold us to high standards!
  • See resources in syllabus for learning assistance

10
Questions?
11
Maps a geographers tools
Image source The Nitrate Elimination Co., Inc.
Image source NOAA
Image source United Nations Evironmental
Program.
12
Average Annual Precipitation
Image source Christopherson, 2001 Elemental
Geosystems. John Wiley Sons
13
Global Barometric Pressure January and July
Image source Christopherson, 2001 Elemental
Geosystems. John Wiley Sons
14
Global Vegetation Distribution
Arbogast, Fig 10.4
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