XII. Course Descriptions


School of Environmental Sciences

MET*1000 The Atmospheric Environment W (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]
This course examines weather and climate effects on agricultural production. The 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 are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): (1 of BIOL*1020, BIOL*1030, [2 of BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090])
MET*2030 Meteorology and Climatology F (3-2) [0.50]
This course examines 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]
This course examines natural and intentionally-modified microclimates near the earth's surface; energy budgets; transport of mass and heat. Familiarization with some instruments for microclimatic measurements will be required.
Prerequisite(s): MET*2030 or 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
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Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1