flux tower, heat map and surface air movement
Course Number
Geog 314
Course Type
Course Description

This course investigates interactions between climate and the biosphere, including both climatic controls on biological functioning and vice-versa, especially modification and use of climate by plants and humans. We combine theoretical study with applications in agriculture and forestry, urban design and air pollution. Topics explored include ecosystem-atmosphere cycles of water, carbon and energy, human thermoregulation, urban climates and surface winds. Students participate actively in learning through weekend fieldwork, data interpretation, reading and classroom discussions.