Andrew Oliphant Department of Geography

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Andrew Oliphant: Classes

The following provides a brief description of the classes I teach as well as links to recent syllabi. Students enrolled in classes should frequently visit class webpages via iLearn.

 

Geog 101: Our Physical Environment

This course examines the physical processes that shape our planet including: elements of weather and climate; landform creation and change; formation and distribution of soils and biological systems; and the hydrologic cycle. Emphasis is placed on the strong links between processes, patterns and phenomena of our Earth-atmosphere system. We explore these topics through lecture, reading, discussion, practical exercises and field work.

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For further detail see a recent syllabus.

 

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Geog 313: Earth's Climate System

This course examines the physical characteristics, processes and controlling mechanisms of Earth’s climate system and the patterns of its change across both space and time. Fundamentals of Earth’s atmospheric composition, heat budget, motion and water will be covered with a focus on global climate change, regional climate variability and the climate of California. Students will develop and strengthen analytical skills through labs on computer based; processing and analysis of observational data; simple climate change modeling and graphic presentation of analysis to peers and through a culminating research project builds on these skills. Prerequisite: GEOG101.

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For further detail see a recent syllabus.

 

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Geog314: Bioclimatology

This course investigates interactions between climate and the biosphere, including both climatic controls on biological functioning and vice versa, especially modification and use of climate by plants and humans. We combine theoretical study with applications in agriculture and forestry, urban design and air pollution. Topics explored include ecosystem-atmosphere cycles of water, carbon and energy, human thermoregulation, urban climates and surface winds. Students participate actively in learning through weekend fieldwork, data interpretation, reading and classroom discussions. Prerequisite: GEOG 101.

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Metr470: Meteorological and Oceanic Observational Techniques and Systems

This course investigates the instruments, techniques and methods used to obtain atmospheric and oceanic observations useful for a variety of applications from forecasting to research into basic physical processes. The course begins with fundamentals in measurement, use of electronic instrumentation and logging systems and working with atmospheric monitoring systems, including quality assurance and control of data. We will then have a series of classes focusing on oceanic measurement and monitoring. In the last part of the course, classes will focus on the steps involved in designing and carrying out student field-based observational research project.

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Geog602/702: Field methods in Physical Geography

Application of field methods to physical geography. Research methods and experimental design for field-based data collection including: geomorphic surveying, biometric sampling and atmospheric measurement and monitoring. Paired undergraduate (GEOG 602) and graduate (GEOG 702) course . Students who complete GEOG 602 may not take GEOG 702 for credit.

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Geog690: Geography Proseminar

Conceptualization, production and applications of writing in Geography. Review of academic literature, research paper production, building a geographic resume and portfolio, delivering scholarly presentations. Assignments submitted in draft, peer-edited, revised & resubmitted to departmental competency standards.

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Geog810: Graduate seminar in Climatology

Various topics in climatology are investigated in the literature, through data analysis and field data collection. Topically we focus on interaction between the surface and the atmosphere and applied topics to be selected according to student interests. Prerequisites: GEOG 801 and GEOG 314 (GEOG 313 ok) and classified status in Geography.

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