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CUSA1007 Climate Physics and Chemistry 气候物理与化学
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(Last update on: 4 March 2021)



Key facts for Summer 2021:

Date:   18 – 20, 21* August 2021 (15 hours)
Time:   9:30 am – 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Teaching Platform:   Face to Face  (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) #
Enrollment:   20
Expected applicants:   Students who are studying S4-S6
(with background in physics, chemistry or mathematics)
Tuition Fee:   HKD 3,000.00
Lecturer:   Prof. Amos P. K. TAI
* This date is reserved for make-up classes in case there is any cancellation of classes due to unexpected circumstances.
# This course is offered face-to-face lessons at CUHK campus. It may switch to online teaching in accordance with the pandemic development and the policy of the university.



This course presents an integrated scientific introduction to our climate system, focusing on the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere and ocean. The course applies basic scientific and mathematical principles to explain the history, current state and future projections of weather and climate, natural hazards, human-induced climate change, as well as their impacts on natural ecosystems and human society. Students will learn to build a simple climate model using computer software.



Organising units:
  • Earth System Science Programme, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   This course will contribute to the understanding of the dynamics of the climate system, specifically the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and solid earth, as well as their interactions.
  Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. explain how fundamental physical and chemical principles govern specific climate system processes;
  2. participate knowledgeably and intelligently in discussions of public policy related to global climate change and sustainable development;
  3. apply basic computer skills to understand and predict trends of the climate system.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
Medium of Instruction:   English supplemented with Cantonese
  1. Lab reports
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s):  1
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6 with background in physics, chemistry or mathematics

Organising period:

  Summer 2015 ; Summer 2016; Summer 2017; Summer 2018; Summer 2019; Autumn 2020; Summer 2021
Application method:   SAYT Online application