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Surface Climate Processes and Environmental Interaction

Calendar Description

3 unit(s)
The surface heat and water balance of natural and human-modified landscapes. Emphasis on interactions of people and the biosphere with climate.
Two lectures, one lab (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): One of EARTHSC 1G03, ENVIRSC 1A03, 1B03, 1C03, 1G03, ISCI 1A24 A/B 
Cross-list(s): ENVIR SC 2C03, EARTH SC 2C03

Time/Term Offered: Term One, Fall, 2015-16

Instructor: Dr. M. Altaf Arain
Room: General Science Building Rm. 221
Tel:(905) 525.9140 x27941
Office hours: TBA

Teaching Assistant:


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  • Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.

  • Improper collaboration in group work.

  • Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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