Physical Geography I

Physical Geography I

Study Cycle: 1

Lectures: 82

Seminars: 0

Tutorials: 7

ECTS credit: 7

Lecturer(s): doc. dr. Ilc Klun Mojca, red. prof. dr. Ogrin Darko, red. prof. dr. Stepišnik Uroš

Content

- Plate tectonics and evolution of continents and oceans
- Large-scale landforms on continents and ocean bottoms as result of interactions between endo- and exogenic processes
- Gravitation as key geomorphic factor
- Main types of relief in Slovenia with key geomorphic processes and landforms
- Geomorphic processes and landforms in selected environments (geology and climate): high mountain relief, volcanic areas, equatorial belt, deserts, Arctic areas, etc.
- Rivers and coasts as areas of dynamic geomorphic changes
- Climatic changes during Quaternary, glaciations and recent glaciers
- The role of relief for individuals and societies (relief as advantage or limitation, destructive action of geomorphic processes)
- The role of relief in development of cultural landscape (on selected cases from Slovenia and the World)
- The basic definitions of weather and climate

- Earth and Solar system
The shape and size of Earth
The sistem Earth-Moon
Earth's motions

- Earth's atmosphere
Ozon layer and ozone hole

- Heating the Earth and atmosphere
Selective absorption and greenhouse effect
Insolation over the Globe
The global energy balance

- Air temperature
Daily and annual cycles of air temperature
Vertical distribution of air temperature and temperature inversion
World patterns of air temperature

- Air pressure and the general circulation of the Earth's atmosphere
Cyclic changes in general circulation of atmosphere (ENSO, NAO)
Regional and local winds

- Atmospheric moisture and precipitation
Global precipitation patterns and precipitation regimes

- Climate classifications and world climates
Low-latiude climates
Midlatitude climates
High-latitude climates