Discussion Topics

Compare the climatic conditions in maritime and continental locations in the major continents, and in your own region of the world, using available station data from reference works or the web.

Consider how major topographic barriers in the Americas, western Europe, New Zealand and so on, modify the patterns of temperature and precipitation in those regions.

Examine the seasonal distribution of precipitation in different parts of the Mediterranean Basin and consider the reasons for departures from the classical view of a wet winter/dry summer regime.

Examine the spatial extent of 'Mediterranean-type' climates in other continents and the reasons for these conditions.

Compare the climatic characteristics and controls of the two polar regions.

What are the primary causes of the world's major deserts?

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