Subject Matter Objectives:
1. Understand basic characteristics of the atmosphere, its structure, and its dynamics.
2. Understand the role of the earth’s surface and oceans in forcing and regulating atmospheric processes.
3. Be able to explain meteorological phenomena at various scales in terms of basic physical and dynamic processes, including radiative forcing, thermodynamics, microphysics, and dynamics.
4. Know the design and use of meteorological instruments, and techniques for collecting and interpreting the data.
5. Be able to handle, analyze and interpret meteorological and climatological data.
6. Be able to explain current climate in terms of basic physical and dynamical processes, and explain the mechanisms responsible for climate change.
7. Communicate an understanding of weather and climate orally and graphically.
1. Develop their understanding of atmospheric processes through an examination of processes operating within the real world
2. Awareness of the connections of meteorology and climatology within the environmental sciences and/or the social sciences, and to demonstrate meteorology’s importance within these endeavors
3. To introduce students to new skills involved in meteorological research
4. Be able to explain ideas and results through written, graphical and oral of communication.
5. Qualified for admission into graduate programs in meteorology, climatology and atmospheric science.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to the earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric composition. Vertical distribution of temprature and pressure. Geopotential Height and weather maps. Humidity in the atmosphere, Thermodynamics of the atmospheric air. Solar and terrestrial radiation, Energy balance. Hydrological cycle, evapotranspiration, precipitation. Distribution of the climatic elements. Climates’ classifications. The climatic classification of Koppen and Thornthwaite.
weather, climate, atmosphere, meteorology, climatology
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γενική Μετεωρολογία των Χ. Σαχσαμάνογλου και Τ. Μακρογιάννη, εκδόσεις ΖΗΤΗ, 1998.
Μαθήματα Γενικής Μετεωρολογίας των Τ. Μακρογιάννη και Χ. Σαχσαμάνογλου, εκδόσεις Χάρις, 2004.