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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Atmospheric Science ATOC 210 Prof. Parisa Ariya Importance of our Atmosphere We are always affected by the atmosphere Many natural disasters are linked with the atmosphere There is concern that our climate is changing .. Impacts of Weather 1/5 Impacts of Weather 1/5 Figure 1.14 Figure 1.14 Impacts of Weather 2/5 Impacts of Weather 2/5 Figure 1.15 Figure 1.15 Impacts of Weather 3/5 Impacts of Weather 3/5 Figure 1.16 Figure 1.16 Impacts of Weather 4/5 Impacts of Weather 4/5 Figure 1.17 Figure 1.17 Impacts of Weather 5/5 Impacts of Weather 5/5 Figure 1.18 Figure 1.18 Course Objectives Serves as an introductory course on the atmospheric environment Purpose is to: Convey meteorological concepts in a visual and practical manner Provide a comprehensive background in basic meteorology COURSE OUTLINE Earths atmosphere and its vertical structure Radiation balance of atmosphere Temperature variations of atmosphere Moisture in the atmosphere Air pressure, forces and winds Local and global wind systems Fronts, mid-latitude cyclones and weather forecasting Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes Global climate and climate change Dew, fog and clouds How do clouds and rain develop? Optical phenomena in atmosphere Air pollution Instructors Prof. P. A. Ariya Otto Maas 421 & Burnside Hall 809 Tel: 398-6931, -3615; E-mail: parisa.ariya@mcgill.ca Teaching Assistants Arun Chandra & Melanie Cooke Grading Assignments: 15% Mid-term test: 35% Final examination 50% No extra work accepted to supplement grades in assignments, mid-term test or final exam Textbook Meteorology Today , 8 th Edition, by C. Donald Ahrens Available in the McGill bookstore Top 10 weather stories for 2003-2007 Severe weather-related events in B.C. Hurricane Juan Cold winter in eastern Canada Forest fires across the country Drought in the Prairies Heavy rain over Maritimes Ice storm in New Brunswick Avalanches in Rockies Heavy snow in Alberta in April and May Ice covering Badger, Newfoundland NOTES ARE IN THE WEBSITE http://www.meteo.mcgill.ca/195-210/ Meteorology elsewhere Artists Picture of Mars and its Atmosphere Weather, climate and the atmosphere Weather is part of everyday life Mark Twain on spring weather in New England: "I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside four hours and twenty" Weather has influenced historical events, e.g., Napoleon's defeat in Russia and the fall of ancient civilizations Weather, climate and the atmosphere Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere Climate is the weather conditions at a certain location averaged over a specified time period (e.g., winter climate over Quebec), and their departure from long-term averages Climatology is the study of climate, its controls and variability History of Meteorology Aristotle around 340 B.C....
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