2006-2007 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

XII. Course Descriptions


Department of Land Resource Science

MET*1000 The Atmospheric Environment S (3-0) [0.50]
An introduction to the atmospheric environment which covers global to local scales. Topics covered are: understanding weather maps and forecasts, weather indices for plants and people, local-scale microclimates of natural surfaces and cities, intentional modification of microclimates, diffusion of pollutants in the atmosphere and their impact on air quality and climate change, policy issues associated with air quality and climate change. (Offered through distance education format only.)
Restriction(s): Not available to students with previous MET credit. Not available to students registered in B.Sc. or B.Sc.(Env.) programs.
MET*2020 Agrometeorology W (3-0) [0.50]
Weather and climate effects on agricultural production. Relation of water balance and other climate factors to growth and yield of crops, introduction to crop-weather modeling, climate hazards and their control, weather aspects of pest and disease management.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1020 or BIOL*1030
MET*2030 Meteorology and Climatology F (3-2) [0.50]
Solar and terrestrial radiation; pressure systems and winds; atmospheric stability and vertical motions; air masses and fronts; clouds and precipitation; selected topics in applied meteorology including air pollution. The laboratory emphasizes the analysis and use of atmospheric data for solving environmental problems.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of MET*2020, PHYS*1000, PHYS*1070, PHYS*1080, PHYS*1110, PHYS*1130
MET*3050 Microclimatology W (3-0) [0.50]
Natural and intentionally-modified microclimates near the earth's surface; energy budgets; transport of mass and heat. Familiarization with some instruments for microclimatic measurements.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of MET*2020, MET*2030, GEOG*2110
MET*4100 Physical Meteorology W (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces the principles of physical meteorology, including structure and composition of the atmosphere, radiative transfer, atmospheric energetics and cloud formation. All topics will be discussed in terms of global climate change. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): MET*3050
MET*4210 Atmospheric Experimentation and Instrumentation W (3-0) [0.50]
This course covers the design and implementation of field experiments for atmospheric and environmental studies. Principles of operation and practical consideration of various meteorological and soil sensors will be discussed along with overall design and implementation procedures for environmental monitoring. Students will prepare a proposal detailing an experimental design of their own.
Prerequisite(s): MET*2030 or MET*3050
Restriction(s): MET*4230
MET*4300 Atmospheric Transport and Chemistry W (3-0) [0.50]
Behaviour of synoptic scale weather systems and the transport of substances in the atmosphere. Chemical and photochemical transformations during transport; scavenging and removal from the atmosphere. (Offered in even-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): (1 of CHEM*1310, CHEM*3360, ENGG*3360, TOX*3360, ENVS*3360), MET*2030
Restriction(s): MET*4310
MET*4310 Atmospheric Transport and Chemistry W (3-3) [0.75]
Identical to MET*4300 with the addition of a laboratory component which emphasizes aspects of Dynamic and Synoptic Meteorology including weather map analysis and forecasting, atmospheric dynamics, geostrophic and thermal winds, vorticity, and mechanisms of pressure change. Lectures taken with MET*4300. (Offered in even-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): (1 of CHEM*1310, CHEM*3360, ENGG*3660, TOX*3360, ENVS*3360), MET*2030
Restriction(s): MET*4300