5.3 Imbedding an Earth Systems Perspective Throughout a Traditional Meteorology Degree Program

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 2:00 PM
Room 353 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Richard Wagner, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO; and K. C. Schuenemann

Undergraduate degree programs in meteorology have emphasized coursework in atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric physics, synoptic and mesoscale systems, and climatology, and observations/instrumentation. The AMS Statement on Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science provides a common framework for a rich variety of programs across the country. Increasingly, earth science educators are focusing not only on content, but also pedagogical approaches preparing students to address the challenges of exploring complex problems involving a transdisciplinary approach.

Complex systems often operate across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and components of the Earth system, and may involve non-linear feedbacks. Inquiry-based investigations developing systems thinking is particularly relevant in courses involving the intersection of atmospheric science and societal impacts. Such lab activities are well-suited for courses in climatology, climate change, air pollution, and hazardous weather. Ideas for reinforcing earth systems thinking into less natural fits such as synoptic meteorology and thermodynamics will be included.

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