"Lec 18 - Seasons and Climate Classification" The Atmosphere, the Ocean and Environmental Change (GG 140) The seasonal cycle on Earth causes shifts in the bands of precipitation in the northern and southern hemispheres. The polar front shifts between high and mid-latitudes which causes a latitudinal shift in the occurrence of frontal cyclones. The Intertropical Convergence Zone also shifts across the equator bringing bands of precipitation to different tropical regions throughout the year. Regional climates on Earth have been classified based on temperature and precipitation values. Areas affected by seasonal shifts in the ITCZ and polar front are included in this classification scheme. Several examples of seasonality are discussed as well as seasonal weather and climate events. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Sunlight Seasonality in the Arctic Circle 05:03 - Chapter 2. Seasonal Zone Shifts 16:57 - Chapter 3. Precipitation Seasonality 24:49 - Chapter 4. Climate Classification 33:44 - Chapter 5. Examples of Seasonality 44:06 - Chapter 6. Seasonally Controlled Events Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Fall 2011.
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Lec 1 - Introduction to Atmospheres
Lec 2 - Retaining an Atmosphere
Lec 4 - Vertical Structure of the atmosphere; Residence Time
Lec 5 - Earth Systems Analysis (Tank Experiment)
Lec 6 - Greenhouse Effect, Habitability
Lec 9 - Water in the Atmosphere I
Lec 10 - Water in the Atmosphere II
Lec 11 - Clouds and Precipitation (cloud chamber experiment)
Lec 12 - Circulation of the Atmosphere (Exam I review)
Lec 13 - Global Climate and the Coriolis Force
Lec 14 - Coriolis Force and Storms
Lec 19 - Ocean Bathymetry and Water Properties
Lec 20 - Ocean Water Density and Atmospheric Forcing
Lec 22 - Ocean Currents and Productivity
Lec 24 - Ice in the Climate System
Lec 25 - Ice and climate change
Lec 26 - Isotope Evidence for Climate Change
Lec 28 - Global Warming (continued)
Lec 29 - Global Warming (continued)
Lec 30 - Climate Sensitivity and Human Population
Lec 31 - The Two Ozone Problems
Lec 33 - Energy Resources, Renewable Energy