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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 field research methods in climatology and to establish a better understanding of numerical modelling techniques used to characterise atmospheric processes. Emphasis in this paper is placed on the methods and techniques used to investigate atmospheric processes. In particular, students will develop an understanding of how to deploy atmospheric instruments, develop skills to analyse and post-process data obtained from automatic weather stations and develop an understanding of the modelling techniques used to characterise surface-atmosphere exchanges at different spatial and temporal scales.

Paper title Climatology
Paper code GEOG460
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,371.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Eligibility

The content of the paper assumes that students will have completed an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography or related degree.

Please contact Associate Professor Nicolas Cullen for the recommended background for this paper.

Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Nicolas Cullen

Paper Structure

The objectives of this paper are to:

  • Give students an opportunity to advance their knowledge of field research methods in climatology
  • Establish a better understanding of numerical modelling techniques used to characterise atmospheric processes

Emphasis in this paper is placed on the methods and techniques used to investigate atmospheric processes. In particular, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of how to deploy atmospheric instruments
  • Develop skills to analyse and post-process data obtained from automatic weather stations
  • Develop an understanding of the modelling techniques used to characterise surface-atmosphere exchanges at different spatial and temporal scales

The paper is divided into two primary units:

  • Data-logger Programming and Field Preparation: The focus of the first part of the paper 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
  • Regional Atmospheric Modelling: The second part of the paper 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 surface observations collected during the field campaign

This paper is 100% internally assessed.

Teaching Arrangements

One 2-hour lecture per week

Textbooks
Recommended: Oke, T.R. (1987), Boundary Layer Climates, Second Edition, Methuen, London.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have

  • An advanced understanding of the theory, processes and current knowledge associated with obtaining meteorological observations in the atmospheric boundary layer
  • The ability to set up and deploy instrumentation on automatic weather stations, including knowing how to programme data-loggers used to obtain and store meteorological data
  • Developed an understanding of the numerical modelling techniques used to characterise surface-atmosphere exchanges at different spatial and temporal scales
  • Developed new quantitative skills to process meteorological data and the ability to run a regional atmospheric model

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Timetable

Semester 2

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

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 Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Eligibility

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.

Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
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.

Textbooks

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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Semester 1

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

Lecture

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