Dorian J. Burnette, Ph.D.
3D Radar Image of Greensburg, KS Tornadic Supercell

3D Radar Image of a Tornadic Supercell
Greensburg, KS EF5 Tornado
9:54 p.m. CDT, 4 May 2007

El Año de Hambre, AD 1785-1786

El Año de Hambre (Year of Hunger), AD 1785-1786
Tree-Ring Reconstructed Jun-Aug PDSI
Mexican Drought Atlas

Atmospheric processes and geographic distribution of radiation, moisture, pressure, and circulation interacting to create weather systems and storms; oceanic influences, earth-sun relationships, global climate patterns; human interaction with atmosphere. Laboratory exercises, observations, and experiments designed to apply scientific methods.

Prerequisite: None

Descriptive account of the physical processes important in the formation of blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and heat waves.

Prerequisite: ESCI 1010

Climatic elements and methods of data analysis; applications of climatology in agriculture, health, economics, and architecture.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1010, MATH 1710, and PHYS 2010 or permission of instructor

Components of earth's energy balance, emphasis on solar radiation, heat transfer, and evapotranspiration.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1010 and PHYS 2110

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Physical processes in the atmosphere applied to analysis and interpretation of synoptic (regional) scale systems using weather maps, upper-air soundings, satellite and radar imagery, and computer model output. Introduction to techniques used in weather forecasting.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1010, MATH 1710, and PHYS 2010 or permission of instructor

Characteristics of natural systems; magnitude of human alteration of environmental systems; history of natural change in climate and landscape; impact of changes.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

An introduction to the quantitative methods used by geographers. We will discuss the nature of geographic datasets, ways in which numerical data may be presented, and statistical measures, tests, and modeling. This course is not about how to derive or solve equations. Instead, it is a combination of lecture and exercises with an emphasis on application. Students will gain experience with statistical scripting languages, specifically SAS and R, to apply quantitative methods to the broad field of geography.

Prerequisite: None

This is an interdisciplinary class, framed within a research project, investigating the theme of urban resilience in relation to surface water-related issues, especially flash flooding. Cross-listed with PLAN and CIVL.

Prerequisite: None

This is an interdisciplinary class, framed within a research project, investigating the theme of urban resilience in relation to surface water-related issues, especially flash flooding. Cross-listed with PLAN and CIVL.

Prerequisite: None

Advanced study in the physical processes important in the formation of blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and heat waves. Reconstruction of past extreme weather events.

Prerequisite: ESCI 6216 or permission of instructor

This is a course that can cover a wide range of topics in the interdisciplinary field of geography.

The topic for Spring 2021 is advanced global environmental change. We will explore environment-society interactions and consider the drivers and consequences of this interaction for societies around the world. By employing a case-study and an interpretive models approach, we will explore the intersection of chronic environmental stresses and socio-cultural expressions, i.e., how humans cope with external (environmental) stresses, including abandonment, collapse, and migration. Our primary goals for the class include broadening your knowledge base of world environment and cultures, increasing your methodological and theoretical acumen, and sharpening your research and writing skills. These three knowledge/skill sets will be emphasized throughout the semester as in-class discussions and your term paper.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of anthropological, climate change, or geographical theory or permission of the instructors