Climates over different surfaces, micro and local climates; urban climates; a project and laboratories as required.
The focus of GEOG 392 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.
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- 54 GEOG points
- GEOG 286
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- More information link
- View further information about GEOG 392
- Teaching staff
- Course 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
- 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.
- No single text book required, but two are highly recommended:
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)
(Both are available on close reserve in the Science Library)
- 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