Course Announcement
Spring 2015, 2:00-3:20a, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 207 Chapman 
Instructor:  Patrick J. Bartlein, 154 Condon Hall, x6-4967,

Text:  .pdfs on Blackboard

Prerequisites:  Geog 141, or consent of instructor.

Course web page:
Weather and climate page:
Supplemental materials page:

Grading:  100 pts. total.  Two examinations (26 pts each), four quizzes  (4 pts each), plus completion of eight exercises that involve the analysis of information from the Internet that illustrates the day-to-day and seasonal variations of weather and climate (4 pts each, 32 pts total for the exercises). 

Lecture topics

  • Introduction—the climate system
  • Composition and structure of the atmosphere
  • Solar radiation
  • Energy balance of the earth and atmosphere
  • Atmospheric moisture
  • Adiabatic processes, clouds and precipitation
  • Atmospheric motion
  • General circulation of the atmosphere
  • Airmasses and fronts, Interannual climate variations
  • Upper-level flow and surface-weather features
  • Midlatitude cyclones and severe weather
  • Tropical storms and hurricanes
  • Air pollution and heat islands
  • Climate history
  • Future climates

Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene 97403-1251