Weather for Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
Theme and Module Learning Goals
(click on the Theme links
below to go directly to the meteorological concepts and their
associated learning goals)
• Flying Weather
• Snow-sports Weather
• Applied Weather
Life Skills and Sustainable
By the end of this course, you will have
enhanced your ability to ...
- win competitions.
- enjoy the weather.
- think critically about information you receive.
- apply your
knowledge to the world around you.
- work with others to find solutions to important problems.
By the end of this course, you will have ...
- gained experience on how to ask relevant weather-related questions, and how to
use weather information to make decisions.
- gained confidence in your own ability to make justifiable
decisions similar to those made by experts.
- refined your discussion and debate skills in small teams or
work-groups via the Discussion board.
- (optionally) created your own optional ePortfolio in Canvas with weather information
and links to other weather resources, tailored to your primary
activities or interests.
By the end of this course, you will be able
- Explain meteorological fundamentals and weather-system evolution.
- Access and interpret relevant weather data and critically
evaluate its utility and deficiencies. (tools &
- Formulate alternative courses of action, and the consequences of
of conceptual models)
- Select the best course of action in the face of uncertainty. (decision making)
- Keep a “weather eye” and anticipate weather changes based on
atmospheric principles. (survival skills)
By the end of this course, your will have
gained some of the following
components of expertise, as elaborated by Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman (Apr 2013).
He said that experts ...
- frame key concepts into mental models describing
processes/situations, and set selection/decision criteria to choose
- recognize relevant vs. irrelevant information.
- determine what information is needed to solve the problem, and
what questions to ask.
- check whether the answer/conclusion makes sense.
- integrate model development, testing, and use as a unified
- easily move between specialized representations (graphs,
equations, physical simulations, etc.)
teach you about atmospheric science by using the popular topics of
sailing / flying / snow-sports to capture your imagination and
stimulate your study.
UBC ATSC 113 Weather for
Sailing, Flying & Snow Sports
Copyright © 2016-2018 by Roland Stull
Last modification: Aug 2018