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Department
Geography
Course Code
GEOG 102
Professor
Marilyn Raphael
Study Guide
Final

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UCLA
GEOG 102
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Fall 2016
GEOG 102 Tropical Climatology
Professor: Marilyn Raphael
Lec #1
Introduction
Tropics Today:
- Tropics can be found usually in places where the water is the warmest in the world.
- Active season in 2016;
- Potential image to affect the US
- “A tropical wave located midway between the Lesser Antilles Islands and
the coast of AFrica on Sunday afternoon was headed west at 15-20mph,
and has the potential to become a dangerous storm in the Caribbean later
this week.”
- Professor Raphael is from Trinidad,
- The westerly winds that carry hurricanes to the Philippines cannot
bring hurricanes to Trinidad because it near to the equator.
- Hurricanes can’t reach the equator
- Tropical climates are important globally. Events in the tropics have far-reaching
influence. Arguably, tropical climates influence the lives of the people in the tropics more
than midlatitude climates affect the lives of the people who live there.
- People who live in the tropics have subsistence living, therefore they need rain to
survive.
- They shape their lives around the rain season
- Ex: Los Angeles, (SoCal) have more water here than in the Caribbean or
India and yet there is a persistent drought in California.
Definitions of the Tropics:
- How to define the tropics?
- The area that lies between the tropic of cancer and capricorn. (astronomical
definition)
- Turns from 23 ½ S to 23 ½ N
- One can stand within their own shadow in tropics because the sun is at its
maximum amount of solar radiation. The sun is literally overhead.
- Wet season, hot humid (not always). There are many dry deserts in the
tropics.
- The region within which the sun can be in its zenith (ie perpendicular to the
earth’s surface. Also states as the region across which the subsolar point travels.
These are precise, astronomical definitions. However, climates of the tropics or
any region) do not “stop” abruptly at the latitudinal boundaries, rather there is a
gradation in climate.
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- 30N to 30s; the axes of the subtropical high pressure cells
- Region in which there is the absence of a true cold season
- Region where the daily range of temperature exceeds the annual range
- Tropics may be humid or dry.
- THERE ARE A VARIETY OF CLIMATES IN THE TROPICS.
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