2019 - 2020

  Regional Climatology of the World  
Prof. dr. hadas saaroniYad Avner - Geography115 Tue1200-1400 Sem  1
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description

Department of Geography and the Human Environment, School of Geoscience -  2019/20

Regional Climatology (0349-2544-01)

Prof. Hadas Saaroni


The course is designed to provide the students with a solid understanding of the processes that determine regional climate, its spatio-temporal variability and the methodologies for analyzing the weather and climate on a 'regional scale'. The course will focus on the tropic, subtropic and polar regions.

Specifically, the course objectives are designed to reinforce and develop students’ understanding in the following topics: 

'Regional scale' and a 'climate region' definitions: difficulties and approaches

  • Global circulation patterns and regional geographic controls on climate
  • Climate classification schemes (e.g., Köppen and Thornthwaite)
  • Analysis of regional climate patterns using global atmospheric reanalysis datasets
  • Unique characteristics of the tropical, subtropical and polar regions in comparison with the mid-latitudes, including the role of extreme events
  • Detailed case studies of the climates of specific regions (e.g., the Asian Monsoon, desert regions, the Atlantic Hurricanes, etc.)



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2)      Bridgman, H. (2006) The Global Climate System: Patterns, Processes, and Teleconnection.  Cambridge University Press.

3)      de Carvalho, L.M.V. and Jones, C. (Eds.) (2016) The Monsoons and Climate Change: Observations and Modeling. Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

4)      Elsner, J.B. and Jagger, T.H. (2013) Hurricane Climatology: a Modern Statistical Guide using R. Oxford University Press.

5)      EU (2019) The World Atlas of Desertification. EU project: https://wad.jrc.ec.europa.eu/atlas

6)      Geeson, N.A., Brandt, C.J. and Thorens, J.B. (Eds.) (2002) Mediterranean Desertification. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.

7)      Goosse H., P.Y. Barriat, W. Lefebvre, M.F. Loutre and V. Zunz, (2008-2010). Introduction to climate dynamics and climate modeling. Online textbook available at http://www.climate.be/textbook. Chapter 1

8)       Hartmann, D. (2016) Global Physical Climatology. Elseviere Science (2nd ed.).

9)       IPCC (2013) Climate Change 2013 - The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. https://wg1.ipcc.ch/

10)  King, J. C. and Turner, J. (1997) Antarctic Meteorology and Climatology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 409 p.

11)  Landsberg, H.E. World Survey of Climatology. 15 Vol.

12)   Larsen J.N. and Anisimov (eds) (2013). Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic), Chapter 28 in:  IPCC 2013. https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/WGIIAR5-Chap28_FINAL.pdf

13)  Maraun, D. and Widmann, M. (2018) Statistical Downscaling and Bias Correction for Climate Research. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781107588783, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107588783

14)  McGregor, G.R. and Nieuwolt, S. (1998) Tropical Climatology. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition, 339 p.

15)  Oliver, J.E. (Ed.) (2005) Encyclopedia of World Climatology. Springer

16)  Pielke, R.A. (1998) Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impact on Society. Wiley, 298 p.

17)  Turner, J. and Marshall, G.J. (2011) Climate Change in the Polar Regions. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press

18)  Wang, B. (2016) The Asian Monsoon. Springer. ISBN: 3-540-40610-7

19)  Wang, S.Y. and Gillies, R.R. (2013) Modern Climatology. Utah State University, Online book to download: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/modern_climatology/15/

20)  Yarnal, B. (1994) Synoptic Climatology in Environmental Analysis, John Wiley & Son Ltd  


Introduction to climate and environmental aspects


Exercises (10%), Final exam (90%)


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