Biometeorology-Climatology Courses


Biometeorology-Climatology Courses

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Utah State University offers a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Biometeorology and a Minor in Climate Change and Energy. The university offers the following graduate specializations: agricultural meteorology, climatology, micrometeorology, remote sensing, and turbulence in plant canopies.

The following courses in biometeorology and climatology are offered by Utah State University:

Lawrence Hipps:

PSC 5003/6003 Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces 4 credits

Basic principles of radiation and remote sensing. Techniques for ground-based measurements of reflected and emitted radiation, as well as ancillary data collection to support airborne and satellite remote sensing studies in agriculture, geography, and hydrology.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

PSC 5500/6500 Land-Atmosphere Interactions 3 credits

Examination of interactions between the surface and atmosphere. Consideration of flows of mass and energy in soil-vegetation-atmosphere continuum, and their linkage to local and regional climates. Detailed study of feedbacks between vegetation and atmosphere.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring odd years

PSC 6800 Environmental Biophysics 2 credits

Explores connections between biosphere and atmosphere at many scales. Introduces processes governing exchanges of mass and energy between surface and atmosphere, as well as connections to climate. Examines role of the biota at local to global scales.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

HONR 1360 Climate Change on Earth

Shih-Yu (Simon) Wang:

PSC 3820 Climate Change 3 credits

Emphasizes physical basis of climate (climate dynamics), as well as the mechanisms and processes for its fluctuations on sub-seasonal to interannual time scales (climate variations) and on regional to hemispheric/global time scales.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring

PSC 6900 Climate Data Analysis (New)

Jiming Jin:

PSC 2000 The Atmosphere and Weather 3 credits Survey of the processes governing the behavior of the atmosphere and the phenomenon of weather. Basic physical principles of radiation, energy, evaporation, and heat transport are introduced and connected to atmospheric circulation and weather.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

Robert Gillies:

PSC 3250 Aviation Weather 3 credits Discussion, observation, and analysis of weather important for pilots and those associated with air travel.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Spring


PSC 4820 Challenges in Climate Change and Energy 3 credits Capstone experience for students completing the minor. Students integrate socio-economic and sustainability concepts in the analysis of current climate and energy problem(s), and present findings in oral and written reports. An internship experience in pertinent area related to climate change or energy may be chosen with final presentations.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

PSC 5400/6400 General Meteorology 3 credits Designed for senior and graduate students in different fields who desire some basic introduction to meteorology. Bridges a large gap between courses describing meteorological phenomena in broad and simple terms and other courses treating the atmosphere more theoretically.

Semester(s) Traditionally Offered: Fall

PSC 5680/6680 Paleoclimatology 3 credits Covers climate through the past four billion years of geologic time. Explores driving forces behind climate changes. Examines data and methods used in paleoclimate research. Includes discussion of literature and stresses local paleoclimate records. Three lectures per week, along with field trips.


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