University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Sep 26, 2022  
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ATMS 621 - Climatology

(3 units)
Conceptual analysis of biophysical controls on circulation at multiple scales. In-depth investigation of spatial and temporal variability in climate, including advanced data analysis and climate modeling.  (ATMS 621 and GEOG 621 are cross-listed; credits may be earned in one of the two.)

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Spring - Odd Years

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. describe the earth’s general circulation in the context of the processes that drive it and the resulting characteristic climates.
2. apply their understanding of synoptic and mesoscale circulation patterns to better understand the environmental impacts of changes in regional and global climate.
3. evaluate a scientific paper by describing the hypotheses or research questions addressed, appraising the methods used, and identifying key results.
4. describe numerous modes of climate variability and discuss their teleconnections to global climate, including identifying the regions and seasons in which teleconnections are important and the kind of climate impacts they have.
5. describe at a basic level how climate models function and how they are used to study climate.
6. integrate an understanding of the earth’s general circulation and regional climates with data analysis skills to generate and test hypotheses about aspects of climate using appropriate real-world data and present their findings.


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