GEG 104 - Extreme Weather (formerly Weather and Climate)
Weather is the scientific study of atmospheric processes and patterns, and their impact on human activities. This introductory meteorology course examines the collection and analysis of meteorological data at local, regional, and global scales. Topics include heat, moisture, and wind dynamics of the atmosphere; application of satellite and radar data; development and impact of thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes; weather analysis and forecasting. Three class hours. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a natural science elective. NOTE: Students who successfully complete GEG 104 may, with the addition of GEG 103 Extreme Weather Laboratory, complete the requirement for SUNY Natural Science General Education. GEG 103 may be taken concurrently or in a later semester, but the student will not have satisfied the SUNY requirement until both GEG 103 and GEG 104 are successfully completed. (SUNY-NS)
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Locate and identify major political units and physical features important to weather and climate.
2. Describe the earth-sun relationship and explain the latitudinal and seasonal distribution of Earth’s energy budget.
3. Describe the basic structure and composition of Earth’s atmosphere.
4. Illustrate the processes within Earth’s water cycle.
5. Describe the spatial and temporal concepts of atmospheric circulation at various scales.
6. Compare the properties and life cycles of principal weather systems.
7. Interpret weather maps.
8. Differentiate between weather and climate.
9. Explain the interconnections between humans and the atmosphere.
10. Differentiate between natural and anthropogenic climate forcings.
Course Offered Fall and Spring