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This module is designed to impart a basic awareness of atmospheric processes and their function in explaining climatic variation on various area and temporal scales.
Major advances have been made in the past few decades in the understanding both of the nature and significance of atmospheric processes and the manner in which regional variations in climate can be understood in terms of the balance between such processes. During the past decade a growing awareness of the climatic dimension to many pressing problems such as food supply, population growth, resource depletion and environmental pollution has also become widespread, as have concerns regarding the impacts of imminent climatic changes associated with anthropogenic effects on the atmosphere. This module examines the main controls on climate at a number of different spatial and temporal scales.