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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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ESCI 1055 - Meteorology Lab

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab 2
Course Description: In this introductory meteorology laboratory, students construct and interpret graphs, analyze weather maps, and also gather, record, and interpret weather data. Concepts covered include structure of the atmosphere, solar and terrestrial radiation, stability of the atmosphere, atmospheric motion, severe storms, and weather map analysis.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science, 10 People/Environment

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: ESCI 1050  or concurrently enrolled

Major Content
  1. Atmospheric moisture
  2. Atmospheric motion
  3. Climatic controls
  4. Climatic variability
  5. Cloud droplets and raindrops
  6. Hurricanes
  7. Mid-Latitude cyclones
  8. Saturation and atmospheric stability
  9. Solar and terrestrial radiation
  10. Thunderstorms and tornadoes
  11. Vertical structure of the atmosphere
  12. Weather map analysis

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. analyze and interpret meteorological data
  2. apply meteorological data to real world situations

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories. 03. 02. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students’ laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty. 03. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.
Competency 2 (7-10)
10. 03. Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges. 10. 04. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions. 10. 05. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems. 10. 06. Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.

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