Are you fascinated by the weather? Learn how to understand and predict weather patterns. This course is ideal professional development for anyone who relies on the weather, from farmers to horticulturalists and fishing enthusiasts.
The Certificate of Climate Science (Weather & Forecasting) is an online professional development course that will provide the skills and knowledge required to understand long and medium-term weather forecasting.
In this climate science course, you will study weather patterns and their impact on people and industry, important tools or forecasting, record, store and process weather data and the minimum requirements for a weather station.
You will discover the different types of forecasting, numerical weather prediction models, statistical, analogue and ensemble forecasting, how to predict rain, temperature and air conditions and the practical applications of forecasting weather.
On completion of this course, you will have gained a foundational understanding of weather patterns and forecasting and their impact on people and industry.
Unit - Climate Science II - Weather and Forecasting
Unit 1 – What to Measure
What is weather forecasting?
Impacts to people
Impacts for farming
Dry bulb temperature
Wet bulb temperature
Mean sea level pressure
Station level pressure
Water vapour pressure
Unit 2 – Tools for forecasting
Weather balloons and drones
Recording, Storing and Processing Data
High Performance Computers
Numerical Weather Forecasting
What should be in a minimal weather station?
Unit 3 – Types of Forecasting
Use of a Barometer
Looking at the Sky
Numerical Weather Prediction models
Unit 4 – Weather models
Data sets and global weather models
How weather models are built
Problems with the grid
How do parameterisations work?
Initial conditions in ensemble forecasting
Validation of ensemble forecasts
The human element of weather modelling
Unit 5: Predicting Temperature
Diurnal temperature variation
Forecasting maximum temperature
Forecasting minimum temperature
Craddock and Pritchard’s method
Effect of snow cover
Severity of frost
Forecasting grass minimum temperature
Minimum temperature on road surfaces
Heat stress determination
Urban heat island
Unit 6 – Predicting Rain
Convection and showers
Forecasting convective cloud
Forecasting cumulonimbus and thunderstorms
Layer clouds and precipitation
Layer cloud formation
Formation of stratocumulus
Precipitation associated with layered clouds
Unit 7: Air Conditions
Air Pollution and Its Effect on Climate
Pollen and Allergies
Wind and Turbulence
Lesson 8: Practical Applications
Severe weather alerts
Medicine and Human Health
Waves and surges
Estimated duration 50 hours
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