Study programmes / B-HE Horticultural Engineering / Agroclimatology p.t.
Course code:KAGRK
Course title in language of instruction:K-Agroklimatologie
Course title in Czech:K-Agroklimatologie
Course title in English:Agroclimatology p.t.
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:part-time, 14/5
(part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FH
Name of lecturer:prof. Ing. Zdeněk Žalud, Ph.D. (lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:Aim of the course Agroclimatology is to clarify the nature of the climate system and its processes. To teach meteorological methods for bioclimatological and agroclimatological analysis and evaluation of viticulture environment. The content of lectures are theoretical foundations of meteorology and climatology, meteorological measurements and their statistical evaluation. Further explanation of the basis of climate processes, standardization, categorization and classification of climate. The lectures including links to growth and development of grapevine. The exercises are used knowledge from lectures in the development and evaluation of the synoptic situation, assessment of the site's climate in the CR and its agroclimatological description.
Course contents:
1.Climate system (allowance 1/0)
a.environmental factors of meteorological stations
c.remote sensing in meteorology

2.Atmosphere physics (allowance 1/0)
a.Air composition
b.atmosphere stratification, gas state equation

3.Radiation and energy balance (allowance 2/1)
a.sun radiation, forms and types
b.shortwave and longwave radiation, biological effects fluxes
d.greenhouse effect, global warming

4.Meteorological elements (allowance 4/2)
a.air and soil temperature, temperature sums
b.air moisture
c.evapotranspiration, real, reference, potential
d.hydrometeors, clouds
e.air pressure, wind
f.agroclimatological impacts of individual meteorological elements

5.Circulation of atmosphere (allowance 1/0)
a.primary, secondary, tertiary circulation
b.air masses

6.Synoptic meteorology (allowance 2/1)
a.cyclone, anticyclone
b.atmospheric fronts
c.types of weather forecast

7.Climatology (allowance 2/1)
a.World climate - Koeppen classification
b.climate of Europe
c.climate of the Czech Republic
d.agroclimatological study related to grapevine growth and development

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-capacity to learn
-general knowledge
-professional knowledge
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to analyze the weather forecast and a detailed knowledge of its resources
-Ability to develop short-term agrometeorological forecasts in horticulture
-Analysis and synthesis of soil-plant-atmosphere with emphasis on weather and climate
-Capacity to adapt to new situations
-Experience and ability to process meteorological and climate data
-Exploitation and processing of technical information

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Credit and examination.
Students will receive the final credit after seminars passing and submission of essay, which is a condition for passing exams. This is oral, in the form of 30-40 minute interview. Student will receive 4 questions and for successful exam is required 100% response in two of them and demonstrate minimal knowledge (at least 25%) of the remaining two.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture14 h
     practice5 h
     consultation4 h
     preparation for exam60 h
     preparation for regular assessment30 h
     preparation for regular testing27 h
     elaboration of reports20 h
     elaboration and execution of projects8 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • ŽALUD, Z. Bioklimatologie. Praha: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2015. 168 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-189-5.
Recommended reading list
  • TOLASZ, R. et al. Atlas podnebí Česka = Climate atlas of Czechia. 1st ed. Praha: Český hydrometeorologický ústav ;, 2007. 255 p. ISBN 978-80-86690-26-1.
  • HÁJKOVÁ, L. -- VOŽENÍLEK, V. -- TOLASZ, R. -- KOHUT, M. -- MOŽNÝ, M. -- NEKOVÁŘ, J. -- NOVÁK, M. -- REITSCHLAGER, J D. -- STŘÍŽ, M. -- VÁVRA, A. -- VONDRÁKOVÁ, A. Atlas fenologických poměrů Česka. 1st ed. Praha: Olomouc: ČHMÚ, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2012. ISBN 978-80-86690-98-8.
  • SVOBODA, J. -- ŽALUD, Z. Bioklimatologie: (návody do cvičení). 2nd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, 2003. 75 p. ISBN 80-7157-693-X.