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- Available Lessons: 123
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects
Course SummaryIn just a couple of weeks, you can earn a Weather and Climate Science Certificate that you can use to improve your resume or online job profile. Just complete this engaging course by reviewing our fun video lessons and taking the multiple-choice quizzes.
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About This Course
Watch fun and comprehensive video lessons that bring weather and climate science concepts to life, and in just about two weeks you can earn a Weather and Climate Science Certificate. You'll see how solar energy affects the earth's temperature and discover the consequences of cloud seeding experiments.
Who's This For?
Writers, environmental workers, amateur storm chasers and individuals concerned with climate change and changes in weather patterns can all use the concepts covered in this course.
Prerequisites aren't needed for this course.
Benefits of the Certificate
Acquiring knowledge of weather and climate science can help you in a variety of ways, in both your personal and work life. You can:
- Add this certificate to your resume to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in climate science and weather concepts
- Use it to showcase your interest in continuing your education throughout your career
- Use the knowledge you gain from this course in social interactions or for volunteer work
- Tutor students in meteorology or climate science courses
Weather and Climate Science Program Breakdown
Introduction to Weather and Climate
This chapter provides a comparison of these two concepts and introduces you to the structure and components of the atmosphere.
In this chapter, learn about the different climate classifications and factors that contribute to climate change. You'll study global climate change and global warming and assess issues with the thinning of the ozone layer.
This chapter describes different types of energy and includes lessons on electromagnetic waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, laws of radiation and the solar constant. You'll study the energy transfer process and solar radiation transfer and learn what role the earth's rotation has on seasons and climate.
Learn about factors that influence the earth's temperature and find out how to convert units of temperature, calculate the means and ranges of Earth's temperature and use thermodynamic diagrams.
Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
In this chapter, you'll learn how to convert among units of pressure, use Dalton's Law to calculate partial and total pressures and use the ideal gas law. You'll find out how a barometer works and explore the factors that affect wind along with learning how to measure wind.
This chapter introduced you to the water cycle, the saturation process and humidity. You'll learn about the laws of thermodynamics, atmospheric lapse rates, condensation and the effect of atmospheric moisture on climate variability.
Cloud formation, types and classifications are addressed in this chapter, which also covers the environmental lapse rate and atmospheric instability. In addition, you'll find out how cloud coverage relates to climate.
Learn about the types and causes of precipitation in this chapter where you'll also learn how to describe precipitation processes and measure precipitation using different instruments.
Air Distribution and Movement
Watch videos on atmospheric circulation, weather fronts and wind patterns and learn about jet streams, Rossby waves and different types of wind. This chapter also introduces El Nino and La Nina patterns, Arctic oscillation and air masses.
Oceans and Air Movement
You'll learn how the locations of continents and oceans influence global pressure distribution and study the relationship between oceanic and general atmospheric circulation before exploring ocean water properties, marine organisms, waves and oceanographic upwelling.
This chapter covers the Polar Theory of Cyclogenesis, cyclones, anticyclones, lightning and thunderstorms. You'll learn about the different types of thunderstorms, causes of tornados and effects of hurricanes.
Weather Forecasting and Analysis
Learn about the different forecasting methods and types in this chapter, which offers lessons on forecasting products, methods for verifying forecasts and types of weather maps.
Human Effects on the Weather and Climate
Close out the course by learning about sources of air pollution and how air pollution is controlled in developed and developing countries. You'll study the harmful effects caused by the thinning of the ozone layer and learn about the urban heat island effect.
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