Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Maria Shahgedanova

Email: m.shahgedanova@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module explains the main processes of climate formation at local, regional and global scales with regard to energy balance and atmospheric circulation; the development of weather systems; and introduces the concept of climate change and present evidence of past and projected climate change.


To explain the main processes of climate formation at local, regional and global scales; To introduce the concepts of radiation budget and energy balance and, using examples, explain how variations in radiation budget and energy balance affect climate at different temporal and spatial scales; To explain how pressure, temperature and wind regimes are formed; To discuss development of convection and precipitation; To explain the development of weather systems; To discuss global atmospheric circulation both in the middle latitudes and in the tropics; To examine impacts of climatic variability and climatic anomalies (e.g. North Atlantic Oscillation, El Nino Southern Oscillation) on weather and weather-dependent processes and systems; To introduce the concept of climate change and present evidence of past and projected climate change.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to: - Explain how climates and weather are formed - Provide a reasoned account of weather and climates at different spatial scales - local, regional, and global - Provide a reasoned account of impacts of weather and climate on natural and managed environments - gain knowledge of and experience of working with meteorological instruments (including automatic weather stations) and condacting meteorological observations

Additional outcomes:
Students will also develop their IT skills through project through accessing data using the Internet. Numeracy skills will be developed through the evaluation of spatial data and time series and via computer aided learning procedures. Students will develop skills in field work, use of manual and automated meteorological equipment, meteorological obsrevations and data analysis thorugh practical sessions.

Outline content:
The Climatology lectures will focus upon the processes that result in the formation of different climates and weather phenomena. The topics covered will include atmospheric composition, the vertical structure of the atmosphere, solar and terrestrial radiation, radiation budget, energy balance, evapotranspiration and condensation, adiabatic process, convection and the development of convective storms, conservation of vorticity and momentum, general circulation of the atmosphere, monsoon, ENSO, the nature of mid-latitude depressions and weather patterns associated with them. The concept of climate change, both natural and anthropogenic, will be introduced and evidence of past and present climate change will be presented.

Global context:
Atmospheric processes and land-atmosphere interactions are discussued with regards to different parts of the world from the polar regions to the tropics. Data from the recent and ongoing research projects in Europe and Asia are used to illustrate various concepts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Sixteen hours of lectures and a practical; in-class tests.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:
There is no exam for this module.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
A practical report worth 50% of the module mark. Three in-class tests worth 10%, 20% and 20% each.

Formative assessment methods:
Help sessions will be given for the whole class clarifying the most difficult material, providing advice on coursework and feedback.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of coursework to a specified deadline.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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