Climate Science SPECIAL OFFER

Study Climate Science and understand how weather dynamics influence the natural world and the origins of climate change.

Course CodeBSC208
Fee CodeSOS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Climate is a cornerstone of Environmental Management. This is something that everyone who works in farming, horticulture or environmental management should study, no matter what part of the industry they work in.
It is a fundamental area of knowledge that underpins everything else we do, from land management to waste management; and from farming to urban conservation. Your understanding in this field will help you to understand the huge amounts on information now available on this topic, and make informed decisions about how to best manage climate challenges.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Nature and Scope of Climatology
    • Introduction
    • Understanding how climate and weather affects us
    • What makes up weather?
    • How do we measure weather?
  2. Weather Science Foundations
    • Solar Radiation
    • Temperature
    • Precipitation
    • Deposition
    • Humidity
    • Clouds
  3. Circulation Patterns
    • Pressure Systems
    • Atmospheric Pressure
    • Pressure and Temperature
    • Latitudinal Circulation
    • Air masses
    • Wind
    • Trade Wind
    • The Beaufort Scale of Wind Speed
    • Frontal Systems
    • Oceanic circulation
    • Longitutinal Circulation
    • Southern Oscillation
    • Ocean Gyres
  4. Climate Classifications & Patterns
    • Types of Climates
    • Arid or Desert
    • Subtropical
    • Tropical
    • Temperate
    • Mediterranean
    • Coastal
    • Factors Which Influence Climate
    • Latitude
    • Wind Direction
    • Topography
    • Altitude
    • Aspect
    • Geographical Location
    • Climates Classification Models
    • Koppen Climate Classification
    • Thornwaite Climatic Classification System
    • Bergeron Climatic Classification System
    • Spatial Synpotic Classification (SSC)
    • Other Global Classification Systems
    • Holdridge Life Zone System
  5. Atmospheric Dynamics
    • Introduction to Atmosphere Composition
    • Purpose of the Atmosphere
    • Seasonal Variations
    • Vertical Structure of Atmosphere
    • Precipitation
    • Precipitation Processes and Other Events
    • Cloud Dynamics
    • Storms
    • Thunderstorms
    • Cyclones, Typhoons and Hurricanes
    • Tornadoes
    • METAR Codes for Precipitation Processes
    • Aerosols and Climate Processes
    • Indirect Effects of Aerosols
  6. Climate Changes
    • Factors that Cause or Influence Climate Change
    • Natural Causes
    • The Sun
    • Earth's Orbit
    • Earth's Axis
    • Oceanic Circulation
    • Oceanic Carbon Dioxide
    • Magnetic Field
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Volcanic Activities
    • Asteroids, Comets or Meteorite Impact
    • Manmade Causes or Anthropogenic Influences
    • Fossil Fuels
    • Agriculture
    • Deforestation
    • Nitrous Oxide
    • Other Pollution
    • Different Types of Climate Change Events
    • Glaciation and Ice Loss
    • Flora and Fauna
    • Ocean Warming and Sea Levels
    • Permafrost
    • Extreme Weather Events
    • zone Depletion
    • Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect
  7. Applications of Climate Science
    • Evolution of Methods and Techniques of Weather Forecasting
    • Early Methods & Simple Techniques
    • Modern Forecasting Approaches
    • Synoptic (Traditional) Forecasting
    • Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP)
    • Statistical Methods
    • Long and Short Range Forecasting
    • Understanding Forecasting Models
    • Simple Models
    • Tropical Cyclone Forecast Model
    • General Circulation MOdel (GCM)
    • Regional Climate Modelling
    • Collection and Applications of Weather and Climate Data
    • Weather Mapping
    • Satellite
    • Radar
    • Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
    • Verification Methods
    • Methods of Standard Verification
  8. Climatology Problem Based Learning Project
    • Management Processes
    • Planning
    • Organising
    • Leading
    • Controlling
    • Business Plans - Preparing a Plan
    • Decision Making
    • What to Plan for
    • Risk
    • Risk Analysis
    • Ways to Manage Risk

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

What Makes Up Our Weather?
The following components of weather are among some of the most common weather features. An understanding of each of these is essential to expand your knowledge.

  • Rainfall
  • Temperature
  • Wind
  • Hours of Sunshine
  • Cloud
  • Fog
  • Dew
  • Mist
  • Hail
  • Sleet
  • Snow
  • Frost
  • Weather fronts
  • Lightning
  • Hurricanes
  • Dust clouds
  • Wildfire
  • Volcanic ash
  • Aurora  

The sun is a vital component to all our weather patterns. As the sun shines over different surfaces such as lakes, forests and hard surfaces, variations of warm air and air patterns emerge. As these try to find or reach equilibrium, various types of weather form. Warm and cool air gusts appear, more moisture is transpired from forests or evaporated from lake areas than other sites, causing sections of air that are extra humid. As these rise (as warm air always does) and are blown about, various other phenomena occur. If the air has to rise over a mountain range blocking its path then clouds can develop, and depending on the type of cloud, rain clouds may form.



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