Monday, 10 February 2003
Landform Recognition from the Air: Enhancing Pedagogy of Weathering Processes
Aviation students would benefit immensely from a better understanding of the processes that shape Earth’s surface. Many of the features that are readily apparent from the air are inextricably linked to weathering. By incorporating courses in the geosciences into aviation meteorology programs, students will acquire a thorough comprehension of various physical and chemical forces that sculpt the landscape they view aerially. From alluvial fans and distinct dune formations of the arid and semi-arid west to the karst terrain of the humid east, these features reveal a rich history of meteorological conditions. A greater understanding of weathering processes should lead to a heightened appreciation of the landscape.