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GEOG460 Climatology

20 points

Lectures: Wednesday 10:00 – 11:50am

Course Lecturer: Professor Nicolas Cullen –

This course will be divided into two primary units:

1. Data-logger Programming and Field Research
The focus of the first part of the course will be on data-logger programming, which will allow students to see how standard observational datasets from automatic weather stations are obtained. A field exercise associated with this effort will give students a broad understanding of the theory, processes and current knowledge associated with obtaining meteorological observations in the atmospheric boundary layer.

2. Regional Atmospheric Modelling
The second part of the course will allow students to shift from a focus on atmospheric processes at the micro to local scale to the regional scale using numerical modelling techniques. A regional atmospheric model will be used to develop a broader understanding of how larger scale atmospheric processes control the atmospheric boundary layer.

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Climatic forcing of seasonal snow, glaciers and avalanches; evaporation; climate change.

The purpose of this paper is to give students an opportunity to advance their knowledge of large-scale climatology and to establish a better understanding of the global-to-regional scale processes that control our atmosphere, weather and climate. Emphasis in this course is placed on critically analysing current state-of-the-art understanding, and learning how to conduct primary research on a topic related to large-scale climatology.

Paper title Climatology
Paper code GEOG460
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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The content of this paper assumes that students will have completed one or both of the following climatology-based Geography undergraduate papers: GEOG 286/392 Climatology, GEOG 282/388 Climate Change: Present and Future.
If you have not taken these papers but are still interested in GEOG 460, please contact the course co-ordinator, Dr Daniel Kingston.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Daniel Kingston

Paper Structure

The paper structure comprises a combination of lectures, student presentations and hands-on data analysis workshops.

Teaching Arrangements

One 2-hour class per week.


There is no set textbook - readings will be set as required during the paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

  • An advanced understanding of the theory, processes and current knowledge relevant to regional and global-scale climatology,
  • Developed new quantitative skills to analyse observation- and model-based climatological data and a basic understanding of how these data are generated,
  • The ability to design, conduct and report on a research project in climatology, and
  • Developed new written, oral and time management skills associated with 400-level study.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22