Climate Module

Climate Module
23. July 2020 Cathrin Münchbach
M1_Weather ALT

ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv

Lectures, exercises and excursions serve as an introduction to atmospheric sciences, hydrology and soil science. Students gain a broad vision of the cutting edge topics that are being researched and studied at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH, Eawag, WSL a.o. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.

Students acquire basic knowledge in atmospheric sciences; they understand fundamental chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere that influence weather and climate. Students develop an understanding of the relevance of climate in the field of landscape architecture. Temporal and physical scale, research methods, units of measurement, modes of representation and critical literature form the framework for the joint discourse. Students will develop a graphic language in order to integrate this knowledge into design.

The course unit consists of the three courses “Climate”, “Water” and “Soil”, which are organized in modules. Module 1 “Climate”, 14.–18.09.2020

  • Atmospheric dynamics: weather conditions, precipitation formation, weather forecast
  • Climate physics: past and future changes in global climate and scenarios for Switzerland
  • Land-climate dynamics: interaction between the land surface and the climate system
  • Hydrology and water cycle: extreme precipitation, influence of climate change on the cryosphere
  • Atmospheric chemistry: aerosols, greenhouse gases, air pollution

The courses “Climate”, “Water” and “Soil” are organized with Foundation Studio I as joint one-week modules. The weekly schedules will be provided with the course materials.

  • September 14–18, 2020
  • Course 061-0101-01 G
  • 2 Credits (as part of Climate, Water and Soil courses)
  • Language: English
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in MScLA Program