Free course

Environment: Following the flows

Free statement of participation on completion

What affects the atmospheric and ocean flows? This free course, Environment: Following the flows, explores the mechanisms that are important; the most rapid carrier is the wind. The basic principle of global atmospheric circulation is simple: warm air rises and cold air sinks. How does this principle affect the atmosphere and flow of water in practical terms?

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how chemical processes in the rest of the world affect the Arctic environment and the species inhabiting it
  • recognise the physical processes that determine atmosphere and oceanic flows in the Arctic
  • understand the scientific research process and the use of scientific evidence
  • use quantitative scientific evidence to examine the link between atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures
  • recognise how scientific data is used to predict global climate change.