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ENVIR

SC
1C03
ENVIR SC
Climate, Water, and
Climate, Water, and
Environment
Environment

1C03

Lecture 2 - The Science of


Environmental Processes

Outline
1. Environmental Problems
2. What is the Importance of Weather
3. What is Climate
4. Composition of Earths Atmosphere
5. Visualizing Weather and Climate Changes

Key Concepts
Importance of Weather
Climate and its importance
Timescale of Climate Changes
Links between Weather and Climate
How links are visualized

1. Environmental Problems

Humans & Nature


The control of nature is a
phrase conceived in
arrogance born when
it was supposed that
nature exists for the
convenience of man
Rachel Carson

Who is Rachel Carson?


Naturalist, author,
government scientist
1907-1964

Influential in changing
views towards the
environment

EvaluatingThe
Environmental
Frontiers of Science

2. What is the Importance of Weather?

What is the Importance of Weather?

3. What is Climate?

near/on the ground surface:


small area of the Earths surface:
State/country:
entire Earth:

Timescales of Change
Timescales can be:

Decadal
Centennial:
Millennial:
Or even over millions of
years

What are the Impacts of Climate?

What are the Impacts of Climate?

What are the Impacts of Climate?

4. Composition of Earths Atmosphere

Composition of Earths Atmosphere

How are Weather and Climate Related?

5. How are Weather and Climate Related?

Visualizing climate and weather changes

Visualizing climate and weather changes

Global Warming trend,


1850-2007

Visualizing climate and weather changes

TO DO!!!
1. Complete on A2L the AIR (Academic
Integrity and Responsibility) Quiz
2. Listen to Module 2 (if not already
listened to)
3. Read Dearden Chapter 1; RossChapters 1, 2, 3, and 17 in the textbook