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Ch 25: Meteorology & Climate Basics

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This chapter contains several video lessons that will teach you about the basics of weather and climate and how scientists study these factors. Watch these lessons to learn the definitions, characteristics and effects of these scientific concepts.

Meteorology & Climate Basics - Chapter Summary

In order to understand the Earth's weather and weather patterns, it's essential that you understand the basics of meteorology and climate. If you would like to learn about these topics, you can watch the video lessons in this chapter for comprehensive overviews of the facts and effects of the Earth's climate.

Included in this videos are in-depth lessons on the basic definitions of relevant terminology and their applications to the real world. Our instructors go over the ways in which natural factors affect Earth's climate, different types of meteorological processes, and the how these processes work. Some of the topics you will learn about are:

  • The definitions of weather and climate and the differences between them
  • Natural factors affecting climate
  • The water cycle
  • Circulation in the atmosphere
  • Different types of air masses and their effects

The video tags in each lesson will help you locate the main points of each topic as they come up in the videos. The chapter also offers you transcripts of each video, so you can have hard copies of the lessons to study on your own time. Once you are comfortable with your knowledge of these topics, answer the questions in the chapter's practice quizzes and final exam to ensure that you have accurately understood the subject.

5 Lessons in Chapter 25: Meteorology & Climate Basics
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Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

1. Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

This video lesson will guide you in understanding the difference between climate and weather. Discover how they are different but related and how they are the ways you can describe atmospheric conditions on Earth.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

2. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

3. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

4. The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

The Sahara Desert, tropical rainforests, and cold polar winds are all due to Earth's rotation. In this video lesson, you will learn how this rotation has created global air circulation patterns on Earth and how it is responsible for such diverse climate patterns across the globe.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

5. Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

Air masses affect weather in a number of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of air masses found on Earth and how the movement of air masses creates changes in the weather.

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