ATOC 373 Arctic Climate and Climate Change (3 credits)

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Offered by: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (Faculty of Science)


Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences : Introduction to the principles of Arctic climate and climate change with a special focus on the Canadian Arctic. The primary objectives of the course are to 1)develop an understanding of the presentday high latitude climate, including the atmosphere, the ocean and the sea ice, 2) develop an understanding of the role of the polar regions in the global climate and climate change, and 3) introduce students to field methods of polar research including ice coring, sea-ice buoys installation and data analysis, atmospheric measurements (radiative and turbulent heat fluxes), and ocean hydrographic measurements (e.g. CTD, nets).

Terms: Fall 2016

Instructors: Bruno Tremblay (Fall)

  • Prerequisite(s): Two courses from the following list: GEOG 203, GEOG 205,GEOG 272, GEOG 372, ENVR 200, ENVR 202, EPSC 203, EPSC 210, EPSC 212, EPSC 220, EPSC 233, ATOC 214, ATOC 215, ATOC 219, SOIL 300.

  • Prerequisite(s): For Nunavut Arctic College Environmental Technology Program students: completion of Year 1

  • Note: 1. This course is one of a set of three field courses (ATOC 373, EPSC 373, GEOG 373) designed to be taken concurrently. It complements programs in natural science disciplines by providing students with specialized field training and research experience focusing on the unique environmental conditions of cold polar systems. 2. Cost includes transportation, room & board, field expenses. Students are charged $12,000 for the three courses combined: ATOC, 373, EPSC 373, and GEOG 373. 3. Arctic localities: Iqaluit, Resolute Bay, and Central Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian High Arctic.