The course will permit to the students to know the atmospheric processes and the climate system thus supporting their understanding of dynamics and evolution of natural phenomena. During the course will be explained methods and techniques to perform meteorological investigations and to analyse climate at both local and regional scale. The lectures will be scheduled both in the classroom and in the field (e.g: at the surface of the widest Italian valley glacier where an automatic weather station was installed by the UNIMI staff and this has been running since 2005). Moreover in the PC room some practical lectures will be done to give to the students the technical know- how to process and analyze meteo and climate data.
Expected learning outcomes
The students will acquire competence and skills for collecting, processing, analyzing and modelling meteorological data.
Introduction to Physical Climatology Climate: definition The solar system, its planets and their atmospheres The Earth atmosphere: composition and features Classification of Earth atmosphere Processes and phenomena characterizing the lower atmosphere Processes and phenomena characterizing the mean atmosphere Processes and phenomena characterizing the upper atmosphere The radiative terrestrial energy budget The radiative atmospheric energy budget Not radiative contributions to Earth energy budget The greenhouse effect Global warming: evidences and effects Sub-surface energy fluxes: magnitude, measurements and features The hydrological balance (terrestrial and atmospheric): definition and features The Italian climate Introduction to meteorology Meteorological stations Instruments and sensor for meteorological studies Accuracy and precision of meteo instruments Analysis and processing of meteo data Meteorological data base
Prerequisites for admission
Maths, Physics, Physical Geography
The course will permit to the students to know the atmospheric processes and the climate system thus supporting their understanding of dynamics and evolution of natural phenomena. During the course will be given both lectures on the theoretical basis of Climatology and technical practical activities to understand how to manage and analyse climate and meteo data. The practical activities will be done in the computer rooms (Labs) of UNIMI. Only in the Academic year 2019-2020 the practical activities will be done by using ZOOM and by sharing with the teacher Excel worksheets and data. In the Academic year 19-20 the lectures will be given by Zoom as well, nevertheless videos and data will be also available at the ARIEL web site of the course.
slides of the lectures available at the ARIEL web site, videos of the lectures available at the ARIEL website
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is oral. The students can present an original work they performed by analysing climate and/or meteo data or they can discuss a paper (dealing with a climatological topic) they have selected on an international peer reviewd journal.