Academic year 2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title CLIMATOLOGY
Course code CM0440 (AF:275559 AR:159250)
Modality Frontal Lesson
Degree level Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code GEO/12
Period 1st Semester
Course year 1
Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The lecture is an introduction to meteorology climatology. Particular attention will be devoted at elucidating issues related to climate change. Knowledge and comprehension of meteorology and climatology, aimed at a deep understanding of the climate system, its past evolution, and its possible alterations, belong to the fundamental objectives of the "global environmental change" curriculum
Expected learning outcomes
1. Knowledge and comprehension
Knowledge and comprehension concerning atmospheric and oceanic phenomena as well as their temporal and spatial evolution
2. Capability of applying knowledge and comprehension
Capability to recognize atmospheric and oceanic phenomena from the analysis of observed/simulated data
3. Assessment capability
Capability of conjecturing possible evolutions of atmospheric and oceanic phenomena and their variability
Basic mathematics and physics
I Introduction;

II: Our Planet in the solar system;

III: Composition and physical characteristics atmosphere and ocean;

IV: Atmospheric and oceanic convection;

V: Radiation, temperature, salinity, stability;

VI: Humidity and clouds;

VII: Laws of motion;

VIII: Local circulation systems in atmosphere and ocean;

XI: General atmospheric and oceanic circulation;

X: Ocean-atmosphere interactions;

XI: Climate system;

XII: Climate stability and climate change.
Referral texts
Lecture notes and slides, C. Donald Ahrens: Meteorology Today, Brookks/Cole, 1999, 528 pagine
Assessment methods
Goal of the oral exam is to ascertain the comprehension of the different topic of the class, particularly as far as the elaboration of the acquired information is concerned.
Teaching methods
Frontal Lectures, possibly experimental activity.
Teaching language
Further information
The oral exam is aimed at a candidate's valuation in the whole discipline of the lecture. After a first invitation to discuss a topic chosen by the candidate -this serves to test the acquired knowledge on a particularly familiar topic- the exam continues focussing on several of the remaining topics
Type of exam
  • This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Climate change and energy" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development
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