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GEOG286 Climatology

Climates over different surfaces, micro and local climates; urban climates; laboratories as required.

The focus of GEOG 286 is boundary layer climatology - i.e. how the land surface influences the weather and climate we experience. In this paper you will learn the basic fundamentals of climatology, and then apply them to understand how the presence of vegetation, mountains, water and urban environments influences weather and climate.

Paper title Climatology
Paper code GEOG286
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
GEOG 101
Restriction
GEOG 392
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Daniel Kingston
Paper Structure
The paper is structured hierarchically so that basic principles are introduced from the ground up, with lectures split into three main sections.
  • The first group of lectures is concerned with fundamental climatic principles, including surface radiation and energy balances, convection and advection
  • The second section explores how the basic processes introduced in Section 1 are modified by 'natural' spatial heterogeneity in the land surface (ie land-sea contrasts, vegetation and topography)
  • Section 3 covers anthropogenic influences on micro- and meso-scale climate (including air pollution), primarily through urban development
The paper also covers how micro- and meso-scale processes combine to influence climate at the global-scale. The paper concludes with some case studies of real-world applications of the theoretical concepts introduced in this paper.
Teaching Arrangements
In addition to the theoretical content delivered via lectures, practical sessions will introduce skills to enable to you apply your theoretical knowledge to the outside world. The practical sessions will include both lab-based exercises and field trips in the local Dunedin area.
Textbooks
No single text book is required, but two are highly recommended. (Both are available on close reserve in the Science Library):

Oke, T. R. (1987) Boundary Layer Climates (2nd edition)

Sturman, A. & Tapper, N. (2006) The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand (2nd edition)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper you should have a clear understanding of the fundamentals of micro- and meso-scale climatology. Specifically, you will:
  • Understand how variation in 'natural' land surface types influences climate at scales from metres to hundreds of kilometres
  • Understand how human modification of the land surface influences climate at scales from metres to hundreds of kilometres
  • Understand how human modification of the land surface influences air quality and human health
  • Be able to integrate field and laboratory data to understand climate processes at scales from metres to hundreds of kilometres

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Climates over different surfaces, micro and local climates; urban climates; laboratories as required.

The focus of GEOG 286 is boundary layer climatology - i.e. how the land surface influences the weather and climate we experience. In this paper you will learn the basic fundamentals of climatology, and then apply them to understand how the presence of vegetation, mountains, water and urban environments influences weather and climate.

Paper title Climatology
Paper code GEOG286
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
GEOG 101
Restriction
GEOG 392
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Daniel Kingston
Paper Structure
The paper is structured hierarchically so that basic principles are introduced from the ground up, with lectures split into three main sections.
  • The first group of lectures is concerned with fundamental climatic principles, including surface radiation and energy balances, convection and advection
  • The second section explores how the basic processes introduced in Section 1 are modified by 'natural' spatial heterogeneity in the land surface (i.e. land-sea contrasts, vegetation and topography)
  • Section 3 covers anthropogenic influences on micro- and meso-scale climate (including air pollution), primarily through urban development
The paper also covers how micro- and meso-scale processes combine to influence climate at the global-scale. The paper concludes with some case studies of real-world applications of the theoretical concepts introduced in this paper.
Teaching Arrangements
In addition to the theoretical content delivered via lectures, practical sessions will introduce skills to enable to you apply your theoretical knowledge to the outside world. The practical sessions will include both lab-based exercises and field trips in the local Dunedin area.
Textbooks
No single text book is required, but two are highly recommended. (Both are available on close reserve in the Science Library):

Oke, T. R. (1987) Boundary Layer Climates (2nd edition)

Sturman, A. & Tapper, N. (2006) The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand (2nd edition)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper you should have a clear understanding of the fundamentals of micro- and meso-scale climatology. Specifically, you will:
  • Understand how variation in 'natural' land surface types influences climate at scales from metres to hundreds of kilometres
  • Understand how human modification of the land surface influences climate at scales from metres to hundreds of kilometres
  • Understand how human modification of the land surface influences air quality and human health
  • Be able to integrate field and laboratory data to understand climate processes at scales from metres to hundreds of kilometres

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 16-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 16-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10-12, 18-20
P2 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10-12, 18-20
P3 Friday 14:00-16:50 10-12, 18-20