Climatology – Meteorology

(Course Code: 238Υ, Course outline)

Semester: 3 Teaching Credits:  3 ECTS Credits: 4 Type:


Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: General background Instructor: Christos Matsoukas

1. Introduction of students to the principles primarily of climatology and secondarily of meteorology

2. Understanding of the physical mechanisms that affect the climate of a region

3. Provide a connection between atmospheric and climate quantities and environmental problems (ozone layer, climate change, etc)

Topics per Week:
  1. Constitution and structure of the atmosphere, ozone layer
  2. Heat transfer, radiation
  3. Solar energy, radiation budget
  4. Greenhouse effect, atmospheric temperature, temperature inversion
  5. Wind chill, humidity, dew point
  6. Condensation, clouds, atmospheric stability
  7. Cloud formation, rain creation
  8. Precipitations, atmospheric pressure
  9. Wind, geostrophic and surface wind
  10. Pressure systems, breezes, thermal circulation
  11. General circulation of the atmosphere, el Niño, air masses
  12. Fronts, polar front theory
  13. Earth climates, Koeppen classification
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
  • Compulsory weekly quizzes on moodle (30% of the grade)
  • Final examination on moodle (70% of the grade)
Notes: Lecture slides in PowerPoint format, written instructions for the laboratory exercises
Basic Textbook:
  • Aguado, J. E. Burt, (2019), Understanding weather and climate, in Greek, ION Editions, Athens
  • Α. Α. Flocas, (1997), Lessons in meteorology and climatology, in Greek, Zitis Editions, Thessaloniki
  • Donald Ahrens, (1999), Basic principles of meteorology, in Greek, ION Editions, Athens
  • P. Maheras, Ch. Balafoutis, (1984), General climatology with elements of meteorology, University Studio Press, Thessaloniki
  • C. S. Sahsamanoglou, A. A. Bloutsos, (1998), Physical climatology, Zitis Editions, Thessaloniki
  • C. S. Sahsamanoglou, T. I. Makrogiannis, (1998), General Meteorology, Zitis Editions , Thessaloniki
  • Dennis L. Hartmann, (1994), Global physical climatology, Academic Press, San Diego
  • Roger G. Barry, Richard G. Chorley, (1998), Atmosphere, weather and climate (7th ed.), Routledge, London
  • Edward Aguado, James E. Burt , (2004), Understanding weather and climate (3rd ed.), Pearson, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Language: Greek
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