Microclimates

Main objective: to identify the environmental features linked to microclimates. 

Starter!

Are this two places in the same country?

1- Do you think it is possible for both of these places to be located in the same climatic zone?

2- Can you recognize them? Do you know where they are located?

Give it some thought and get ready to share your answers.

The picture on the left is:

  • Killykeen Forest Park (Ireland)
  • Baden-Württemberg Forest (Germany)
  • Irati Forest (Spain)
  • Forêt de Brocéliande (France)

The picture on the right is:

  • The Royal Badlands (Spain)
  • Casse Deserte in the French Alps (France)
  • The Burren National Park (Ireland)
  • The Externsteine Rock Formation (Germany)

Reading Nº1 - Urban vs. Rural Areas

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Climate can within a small area. A is a place where local differences in climate can be found. and areas have different microclimates. Urban areas have a  than the surrounding country side, this is called the.

The sunshine levels are lower in urban areas because of the  in the air. This results in more , and .

Tall buildings in urban areas affects the . They either slow them or cause what is known as the .

Reading Nº2 - Other Factors that Affect Microclimates

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Other factors that affect local microclimates are: .

Dark surfaces  heat from the sun. On the contraty light ones  it.

In geography, the way which something faces is called . The places that receive more heat are those that  the sun.

Lakesides are more , so they get more  and .

The windier surfaces are usually  ones. Covered surfaces are those that have a lot of .

Plenary

Decide if the following statements are true or false

  • World climatic zones and microclimates are the same thing.
  • Different microclimates can occur within a country's geography.
  • Rural areas are always hotter than urban areas.
  • Pollution causes cities to be warmer.

Early Finishers

What are the five elements of weather?

On-line research

Using the Internet, find what the five elements of weather are. Check all that apply.

  • Microclimates
  • Seasonal changes
  • Temperature
  • Snow
  • Meteorology
  • Clouds
  • Sea level
  • Precipitation
  • Latitude
  • Air pressure
  • Umbrella
  • Hurricanes
  • Wind