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UGEB2640 Perspectives in Meteorology


Lecture: Wednesdays 02:30 - 05:15 p.m.


Professor LEUNG Wing Mo, Professor LI Ping Wah

Course Description

An introduction to meteorological phenomena and mechanisms. This course aims at a non-mathematical exposition of the central ideas of meteorological study. The interaction between the weather, climate and human activities will also be discussed, including how the extreme weather and climate information could be used in adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability research and applications. Topics include atmospheric phenomena such as general circulation, storms, typhoons and other weather-related disasters, forecasting, oceanic processes, El Nino and La Nina, global climate changes and sustainable development. The relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including, SDG#7 Affordable and clean energy, SDG#9 Industry, Innovation and infrastructure, SDG#11 Sustainable cities and communities, SDG#13 Climate action, SDG#14 Life below water, SDG#15 Life on Land, and SDG#17 Partnerships will be discussed.

Learning Outcome

Students are expected to:

  • gain a perspectives of scientific approach in solving problems and how the real systems such as weather and climate can be tackled by scientific  methods,
  • acquire some knowledge about the mechanisms of various phenomena in meteorology,
  • develop a perspective of the relations between weather/climate and the human society,
  • develop a perspective of how the environment of the earth is influenced by the interaction between different parts of Nature and human activities,
  • develop a perspective of how knowledge can be gained, how scientific way can help to analyse and make forecast among  uncertainties,
  • be aware of the global efforts in implementing various meteorology-related actions and services in contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • be aware of the critical role of human race in the future of the earth.


3 -credits

Sustainable Development Goals