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GG3262   Climate and Weather Systems

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Availability TBC - Offered on a two-year cycle

Planned timetable: 9:00 am - 11:00 am Tues

Weather affects every aspect of life, and is a fundamental control on many environmental systems. This module explores the workings of the atmosphere at a wide range of scales, from the formation of clouds and raindrops, through thunderstorms and cyclones, up to large-scale circulation of the atmosphere. Beginning from first principles, key physical processes are introduced and used to develop a deep understanding of the earth's weather and climate. The module concludes with a critical examination of the climate change debate.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass GG2011 and pass GG2012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 hours lectures and 2 hours seminars (x 5 weeks) + 2 x 1-hour essay feedback and exam revision sessions

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

Re-assessment: Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%


Module coordinator: Professor D I Benn
Module teaching staff: Prof D I Benn