ESC 110/111 Meteorology and Climatology

Pathways designation: Scientific World/College Option lab (STEM)

Course Description

ESC 111 Lecture
3 hours; 3 credits
Atmospheric composition and structure related to weather events and their impact on humans and ecosystems. Explore basic physical laws of energy and motion to explain temperature, precipitation, atmospheric circulation and storms. Earth’s climate system and atmospheric energy balance. This course examines and applies the laws of physics to the study of the properties and circulation of the World's Atmosphere. Meteorology and Climatology is a rapid developing field that has evolved as a response to the pressing need to understand how the physical state of the atmosphere and the ocean might be changing as part of a changing Earth climate or vice versa. (FSWR)(STEM)
Prerequisite: MTH 123 or an appropriate score on the CUNY Mathematics Assessment Test
Corequisite: ESC 111

Katrina
Katrina, seen here at full strength in an Aug. 29, 2005 image from the GOES-12 weather satellite.
The overarching goal of this course is to understand how the Atmospheric composition, structure and motion, are related to weather events and their impact on humans and ecosystems. The specific objectives are as follows:

  1. Explore basic physical laws of energy and motion to explain temperature, precipitation, atmospheric circulation and storms.

  2. Understand the basic principles Earth’s climate system and atmospheric energy balance.

  3. Foster interdisciplinary understanding and interaction in meteorology from the diverse background of course participants.


ESC 111 Lab
2 laboratory hours; 1 credit
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." This quote by Confucius exemplifies the motto behind this Lab. Exercises in weather monitoring, climate zones and interpretation of storms and other meteorological events. Interpretation of models and data sets relating to anthropogenic changes to atmospheric chemistry and climate. The program focuses on the development of analytical, written, oral communicative abilities on Meteorology and Climatology through an interactive activity-based approach that combines theory and practice. In addition to the weekly Labs, each student will work independently on the Meteorology Project. (STEM)

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Weather in a Tank system to study atmospheric fluid dynamics.
The expectations when students leave the class at the end of the semester are that they become critical thinkers. That is, when is an argument based on a meteorological fact, and when is it based on belief? When it is based on facts, how reliable are the facts? Students will be encouraged not to take things at face value, and always to inquire a little bit further. Corequisite: ESC 110

Students who should take this class:

  • Considering a major in Earth and Environmental Science (this course is required)

  • Considering a minor in Geology (this course may be an elective – talk to Dr. Alexander)

  • Planning to major in a STEM subject, e.g. mathematics, computer science, biology

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