This course provides an understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of the field of microclimatology. It will introduce the principles and simple methods of evaluating the radiation budget, turbulent transfer, and the water balance. Emphasis is placed on the application of microclimatological principles and methods to address biological and agricultural problems. The course combines lectures, assignments and tutorials.
Course topics include: Introduction to microclimatologydefinitions and scales; Radiation fluxprinciples and methods, earth surface heat budget, radiation laws; Turbulent transferprinciples and measurements of turbulent transfer; Soil heat flux principles of heat transfer in the soil; Microclimatology of water bodiesheat balance and radiation, balance of water bodies; Earth surface water balancewater balance and its components; and Microclimatological applicationsapplications of microclimatological principles and methods to biological and agricultural problems.