Weather for Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
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ATSC 113 (3) Applied Meteorology
Atmospheric-science principles elucidated by case studies applied to
snow sports, sailing, surfing, soaring, and flying. [3-0-0]
The course is open to all students of any year and any major. No
prerequisites. This counts as a 3-credit science course.
not need any prior background or experience in sailing, flying or snow
If you already have expertise in some of these areas,
links to advanced info. But this extra info is not required for
this course - - you can still earn full marks without it.
Meeting Times and Places
All the required
course material, quizzes, and midterm exams are online (i.e., NO
required in-class meetings), except for the final exam. Each term we teach two sections:
for "normal" on-campus students who can write the final exam on the UBC-Vancouver campus
during the normal final exam period; and
• the other for students who
need or want to write the final exam off campus.
These two sections are
synchronized (i.e., we teach them as a single
1. Clouds, Ceiling, Visibility & Fog
2. Pressure, Temperature, Winds & Wind Shear
3. Turbulence & Icing
4. Thunderstorms & Aviation Weather Services
: Snow-Sports Weather
5. Winter Weather
6. Winter Mountain Weather
7. Snow Conditions
: Sailing Weather
8. Winds and Waves
9. Large-Scale Winds
10. Local Wind and Tide Effects
11. Marine Weather Services
: Applied Weather
12. Synthesis of Weather Concepts
13. Create your own ePortfolio of weather concepts (optional)
Textbooks and Required Resources
- All information is available free online. You do not need
to buy any textbooks.
- Within each online Learning Module, we give you links to
appropriate online resources.
- You WILL need access to a computer or electronic pad/tablet to do
the online readings and assignments.
How to Access the Online Content
We have created a strong relationship between the online content
(Meteorological Concepts) and the Learning Goals. You
will be most successful in this course if you understand this
relationship. It works as follows.
For each of the 12 meteorological topics listed above, we have
created a set of Learning Goals, labeled a, b, c, d, etc. For
example, Learning Goal 5b refers to the second learning goal under
topic 5 on Winter Weather.
Each Learning Goal (and its label such as 5b) is listed near
the top of its own web page, and the Meteorological Concepts that you
can study to achieve that Learning Goal are presented underneath it, on
the same web page. To help give you better understanding of the
nature and context of the meteorological concepts, we cover more info
than required for you to achieve the Learning Goal. However, the quiz and exam
questions are based only on the portion of the content specifically
described by the Learning Goals. This allows
you to focus your studies on the most important material.
To make the course more interesting, we have designed case-study
Modules around specific weather related events, such as aircraft
accidents, skiing situations, and sailing voyages. As you work
through each case-study Module, we provide links to the relevant
Learning Goals and their associated Meteorological Concepts, and also
provide links to short online quizzes to help you check and improve
understanding of the material. Each case-study touches only a
subset of the Learning Goals. Initially, you access the Learning
Goals this way - - via links from the case-study Modules. The Schedule web page tells you which
modules to work on each week. You will find the online
Modules on the UBC Canvas website for this course.
the ends of the flying-weather and snow-sports-weather themes are
online midterm exams. To make your exam
review more efficient, we have organized and consolidated all the
Learning Goals into tables that you can access from the "Learning
Goals" or "Course Goals" links from the course home page. These tables
are useful when you review prior to the exams. The quizzes and
exams cover only the meteorological concepts, and not the case-study
details that were used to motivate study of the meteorology.
In summary, there are three ways to get to the Learning Goals and
their associated Meteorological Concepts: 1) via Modules on UBC Canvas;
2) via links from the Course Goals web page; and 3) via the Learning
Goals web page.
One last note: When we instructors refer to any specific
Learning Goal (such as learning goal 5b), we are actually referring to
both the Learning Goal -AND- its associated Meteorological Concepts.
Course Sections and Fees
Each term we teach two online sections of this course. These
sections are taught together as a single, unified, online
course. CAUTION: see ** and *** footnotes about fees and
final-exam options, before you decide which section to register
are currently registered in the course and
want to switch sections during the normal add/drop period,
just drop the section you don't want and add
the other section. There are NO limits to the class size in these
sections, so you don't need to worry about finding a virtual "seat" in
* Note that the Summer course is compressed into a 6-week
|"Normal ** " on-campus student. Will write the final exam at the normal time on UBC-Vancouver campus.
|Other students. See *** footnote about final exam options and fees. These sections are called "Distance Ed" sections.
(September - December)
(January - April)
(May - June)*
In addition to tuition, UBC has other fees (student, program, administration, etc.) that might apply to you:
** Normal Section:
If you are a normal UBC-Vancouver on-campus student who pays normal
"student and student-society" fees for bus pass, recreation, etc., and
who can write the final exam on the UBC-Vancouver campus at the normal
time, then register for the "normal on-campus" section.
*** Other-Students Section: The following students should register in the "Other students" (i.e., Distance Ed.) section:
(a) Distance Education students who are off campus;
Caution about fees.
Everyone who registers in a Distance Ed section must pay "Distance
Education course administration fees". In addition, those who
apply to write the final exam off-campus must pay an additional
administrative fee called "Distance Education special examination fee".
Check the UBC fee schedule ( http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=14,0,0,0 ) online for details.
(b) Students at UBC-Okanagan;
(c) Students who are NOT
normal students (not paying UBC-V student fees for bus pass, recreation), but
who CAN write the final exam on the UBC-Vancouver campus at the normal
(d) Normal UBC-V students who
are NOT able to write the final exam on the UBC-V campus at the normal
time. For example, students who must leave campus early to start
a job, and who need to write the final exam off campus.
ATSC 113 Weather for
Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
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Last modification: Feb 2019