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New Zealand

Meteorology in New Zealand

Term To Study: Summer 2012
Application Deadline: Apr 27, 2012
Program Starts: Jun 09, 2012
Program Ends: Jul 01, 2012
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $4,800
Program Locations: Auckland, Christchurch, Otago, Wellington
Contact Phone: 703-441-1122
Contact Name: Dr. Kimberly Johnson
Contact Email:
What is Included: - tuition for 3 credits
- double occupancy accommodations in New Zealand
- travel within New Zealand
- group excursions
- insurance
What is not Included: - roundtrip airfare
- passport
- meals
- personal expenses
Program Description

Students will travel with Professor Kimberly Johnson, distinguished professor of Meteorology to New Zealand for a 3-week field studies course.

Meteorology 412
(pre-requesite Meteorology 240)

This course will cover:
1. The coupling of the atmosphere and surface through the planetary boundary layer.
2. Wave motions occurring in the atmosphere.
3. Atmospheric instability and the generation of new mid-latitude disturbances.
4. Convection and other small- (meso-) scale phenomena.

Students will travel throughout the Northern and Southern islands that make up the country of New Zealand.

This program allows for a journey through time as well as distance. The landscape, the country towns, residents who wave to you, and even the radio stations come from a cleaner, greener, friendlier past.

But the scenery is the real attraction. Covering an area about the same size as the California, New Zealand has fjords, glaciers, geysers, subtropical rain forests, surf beaches, trout streams, forest-rimmed lakes, alpine meadows, and 200 mountain peaks that measure more than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet).

New Zealand is divided into two main islands: North Island, home to most of the country's 3,552,000 people, and South Island. A crucial consideration for visitors is how to divide their time between these two islands. New Zealand has spectacular scenery throughout the country; but while the North Island often resembles a manicured golf course, the South Island is wild, majestic, and exhilarating. If you travel to New Zealand in search of adventure, then your itinerary should be focused on the South Island.

Remember that seasons in New Zealand are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. When we arrive in June, you can expect chilly weather and snow-covered mountains on both islands.

Students will stay in double occupancy rooms with a fellow student at mid-range hotels chosen by the Program Director. Single rooms may be arranged at an extra cost to student. Breakfast is included at every hotel.

This program will require strenuous walking in rough terrain. Students must be in good physical condition and willing to participate daily in strenuous activity.

The University of Otago is one of the host universities we will visit in New Zealand.

Quick Facts

Population: 4327944
Capital: Wellington
Per-capita GDP: $ 28000
Size: 267710 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 12:00 hours) Auckland

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