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GES3900 - The Southern African Atmospheric Environment: A synoptic approach

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Claudia Holgate


South Africa First semester 2007 (Day)


Unit focuses on the synoptic-scale weather processes and phenomena of importance in the southern African region. The fundamental intention is to develop an understanding of the major atmospheric processes that interact to produce the weather and climate that obtain in South Africa. The processes that are important in the generation of synoptic scale weather systems in the Southern Africa region will therefore be given detailed study. An understanding of tropical temperate weather systems and their development in the region will be the focus. Students are provided with an understanding of climate change and availability in the region and will also learn techniques of weather forecasting.


Essay (2000 words): 40%
Examination: 40%
Practical/Field work: 20%

Contact hours

2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of practicals per week