Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
703002072014CLIMATOLOGY-ICompulsory234
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to climatology.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Ecmel Erlat
Learning Outcomes
1Discerning climatology from weather
2Be able to describe the structure and composition of the atmosphere and how it has changed with time;
3To be able to calculate monthly and seasonal averages of a climate parameter from daily averages, and to analyze the results.
4Be able to describe the general distribution on the world of temperature, pressure and winds - and the factors and physical mechanisms which cause these distributions to occur as they do.
5Have a good understanding of environmental issues pertaining to the atmosphere including the "greenhouse effect", ozone depletion, air pollution and urban climate modification.
6To provide a sound theoretical understanding of the climate system and the role of key components of the climate system
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
This course includes: the origin, composition and structure of the atmosphere, solar and terrestrial radiation, atmospheric heat, temperature and circulation, air pressure, winds.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to the course, weather and climate, the difference between climatology and meteorology.Expression
2Meteorological observations, atmospheric composition and vertical structure, “Greenhouse” (Atmosphere) effect.Expression
3Solar radiation spectrum, surface radiative properties, radiation laws (Planck, Wien, Stefan-Boltzmann) Expression
4Solar constant, Earth-Sun controls on solar receipt (latitude, seasons, path length, and time of day). Atmospheric controls on receipt (scattering, reflection, absorption, transmission), beam and diffuse solar input. Surface controls on receipt (sloping terrain, albedo). Net solar radiation. Expression
5Global annual heat balance and its latitudinal distribution. Diurnal heat balance at a site. Heat storage change and temperature.Expression
6Surface distributions and vertical profiles of air temperature and its measurement Expression
7Thermal regimeExpression
8Midterms (Visa)
9Atmospheric pressure and its measurement and distribution, surface and upper-level charts. Expression
10The distribution of pressure on the earthExpression
11Forces of motion (gravity, pressure-gradient, Coriolis, friction, centripetal/centrifugal). Expression
12Wind Systems (planetary winds)Expression
13Wind Systems (planetary winds) Expression
14Wind Systems (monsoons)Expression
15Local wind systems, thermal circulations on all scales.Expression
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Barry R.G. and Chorley R. J. 1998. Atmosphere, Weather and Climate (7th edn), Routledge, London (409 pp.). Erlat E. 2009. İklim Sistemi ve İklim Değişmeleri. Ege Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Yayınları No: 155, İzmir. Erol O. 1999. Genel Klimatoloji (Genişletilmiş 5. Basım). Çantay Kitabevi, İstanbul (399s.). Moran J.M., Morgan M.D. and Pauley P.M. 1997. Meteorology, Prentice Hall, New Jersey (530 pp.)
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Self Study21632
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11414
Individual Study for Final Examination11414
Reading22856
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)118
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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