Lecture: MW 10:00-10:50
Lab: W 11:00-11:50 (Harvill
Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00
for News Article Presentation
for Regional Climate Presentation and Paper
reading for grads
This is a
climatology as it relates to environmental processes. It is useful for
students interested in climatic aspects of physical geography, and for
all students in environmental sciences and environmental studies who
need a broad understanding of climatology. The course provides a
comprehensive guide to the nature of Earth's climate, and presents a
synthesis of contemporary scientific ideas about atmospheric
circulation within the climate system. It covers climate at global,
regional and local scales, through lecture material in combination with
exercises using interactive web page resources and recent research
Major topical sections cover Radiation and Energy,
the Earth's Atmosphere; the Hydrologic Balance; Atmospheric
Circulation, Forces and Balances; Global Circulation and Climate;
Midlatitude, Tropical, and Polar Climates; Local-Scale
and Climate Variability and Change.
weather/climate class would be quite helpful for doing well in this
R.V. and Vega, A.J., 2012: Climatology.
Bartlett: Boston, MA.
good additional reference (less readable,
Barry, R.G. and
Chorley, R.J., 2003: Atmosphere,
Weather and Climate. 8th
Edition. Routledge: New York, NY.
An additional introductory text that some have found useful for
basic background information:
Aguado E. and
Burt, J.E., 2004: Understanding
Weather and Climate, 3rd
Prentice-Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
will be seven laboratory
exercises in class in the SAL (Harvill 401).
There will be time to work on
the exercises during class, but
need to save your work on a thumb drive (or email it to yourself), and
submit to the instructor via email.
Exams & Grading
are listed in the course schedule and include readings from the text,
laboratory exercises and write-ups, a short presentation on a
and a presentation and paper on a regional topic. All assignments should be
emailed to the
instructor on or before the due date: email@example.com
Instead of the short news
presentations, graduate students will be responsible
for presenting a longer climate-related article and leading a
during the semester.
students will have their own version of the lab exercises in
3) Instead of the
short paper, graduate students will develop a new lab exercise
exercises, if you work together) to present to the class at the
A mid-term and a final exam
or about the dates listed in the course schedule, each
covering the preceding section. Exams will be a mixture of
choice, short answer, and brief paragraph responses. Material
lectures, labs and the readings will be on the exams. Exams
will be based on lab
and tour write-ups, occasional quizzes, class
presentations, a short regional climate paper (or lab, in the
graduate students), and the 2 exams. Class
participation will also be part of your grade (this includes
attendance, participation in discussions, and any other class
will be no make-up exams or quizzes. All exams are
instructor should be formally notified of a legitimate absence,
if possible. Due dates for assignments are firm; late assignments will
be assessed a penalty. Labs turned in late on the date due
receive 75% credit, the same week as due will receive 50% credit,
before the final exam will receive 25% credit.
article presentation, tour write-ups
climate presentation and short paper
(or lab exercise for grads)
knowledge of readings
links of interest
are expected to attend all classes, including student presentation days
attendance will help you to understand what you read in the
book, the lab exercises, and to prepare for
exams. The class is designed to promote participation and
learning, and class discussions will be an important part of the
class. Participation will make up 30% of your class grade
can't participate if you aren't in class!). Any
who is excessively absent from class runs the risk of being
administratively dropped from the course.
absences must be first cleared with the instructor, and any missed work
made up by due dates in the schedule, unless other arrangements have
the UA’s policy concerning Class Attendance and
the UA policy regarding absences on and accommodation of religious
pre-approved by the UA Dean of Students (or Dean designee) will be
honored. See: http://uhap.web.arizona.edu/chapter_7#7.04.02
Students are encouraged to share ideas and skills and to freely discuss
the principles and applications of course materials. However, the
guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student's submitted
work must be the student's own. Cheating,
plagiarism, and other such violations are serious offenses and can
involve drastic penalties. The UA Student Code
of Academic Integrity outlines
the principles of this code
and prohibited conduct as well as the
offenses and penalties. Become familiar with this information
to avoid any problems.
a particular concern, so be sure you understand what this is and
don't do it. That said, students are encouraged to work together and
help one another on exercises/labs, but the work that you turn in must
be your own. If cheating/copying is suspected, the instructor
will privately discuss the situation those involved to
what measures will be taken.
D (6) (a) of the University’s
Intellectual Property Policy,
faculty own the
intellectual property for their
course notes and course materials. The
instructor holds the copyright to his/her lectures and course
including student notes or summaries that substantially reflect
them. Student notes and course recordings are for
individual use or for shared use on an individual basis.
class notes and/or other course
materials to other students or to a third party for resale is not
without the instructor’s express written consent.
Violations to the instructor’s copyright are
subject to the Code of Academic Integrity and may result in course
sanctions. Additionally, students who
use D2L or UA email to sell or buy these copyrighted materials are
Code of Conduct Violations for misuse of student email addresses.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that provisions be made
for students with a disabling condition to meet course
Students with disabilities: If you anticipate the need for
reasonable accommodations to meet the requirements of this course, you
must register with the Disability Resource Center and request that the
DRC send the instructor official notification of your accommodations
needs as soon as possible. Please plan to meet with the
instructor by appointment or during office hours to discuss
accommodations and how the course requirements and activities may
impact your ability to fully participate. See
the SALT web page (http://www.salt.arizona.edu/)
or the Center
for Disability Related
Resources web page for
additional information on obtaining appropriate documentation or other
information. I am happy to help you meet/complete the
requirements for the course.
1. Turn off phones, pagers, and other electronic devices during class
2. No firearms, drugs, alcohol, eating, drinking, smoking, and/or
soliciting in the classroom.
3. Note the deadlines for add/drop, withdrawal, etc. on the UA
4. This syllabus is tentative and is subject to change. Any
changes will be announced in class.
5. I am open to ideas and suggestions for improving the
Please do not hesitate to notify me of concerns or comments about
course content, structure, or procedures.
6. If we use the SAL computers (rm 401), you will sign an agreement
regarding use of the computers. If you do not follow the
guidelines, you could lose your