Option: Introduction to Meteorology and Climate

Landscape Management
5 ECTS; 3º Ano, 1º Semestre, 60,0 TP

Lecturer

Prerequisites
None

Objectives
It is intended that students should comprehend the basics of the composition and structure of the atmosphere and the climatic system. The student should also acquire skills that will allow a better understanding of the fundamental physical processes in meteorology and climate.

Program
1 - Introduction: the atmosphere and the climatic system
2 ? Radiation, physical properties of the air and atmosphere statics
3 - Atmospheric Pollution and pollutants dispersion
4 ? Clouds and precipitation
5 - Wind. Global, regional and local circulation
6 - Climate and climate variability

Evaluation Methodology
Continuous assessment: submission and presentation of two written works (40%) and written test (60%).
Assessment by Examination: only for students who had not accomplished the continuous evaluation and/or had had grade inferior to 10.

Bibliography
- Ruddiman, W. (2008). Earth?s Climate Past and Future. (pp. 388). USA: Freeman, ISBN-13: 978-0716737414
- Peixoto, J. e Oort, A. (1992). The Physics of Climate. (pp. 520). NewYork: American Inst. of Physics, ISBN-13: 978-0883187111
- Miranda, P. (2009). Meteorologia e ambiente : fundamentos de meteorologia, clima e ambiente atmosférico. (Vol. 219). (pp. 357). Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, ISBN: 978-972-674-655-3
- Ahrens, D. (2006). Meteorology Today. An introduction to weather, climate and the environment. USA: West Publishing Company, ISBN-13: 978-0495011620

Method of interaction
Theoretical and practical in-person lectures. Viewing of videos and documentary series about meteorology and climate. Practical classes with online analysis of various meteorological parameters (temperature, precipitation, among others).

Software used in class
GRADS and online visualization tools