Geography Key Terms

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  • Created on: 29-04-17 19:46
Global Atmospheric Circulation
The worldwide system of winds
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Monitoring
Recording physical changes to help forecast when and where a natural hazard might strike
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Air mass
A body of air that shares similar features
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UK roundabout
Polar Maritime, Arctic, Polar Continental, Tropical Continental, Tropical Maritime
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Coriolis Effect
Spinning of the world
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Tropical storm
An area of low pressure with winds moving in a spiral around a calm central point. Winds are powerful and rain is heavy.
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Eye
Calm centre of the storm
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Track
The path taken by the tropical storm
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Saffir-Simpson Scale
Scale used to determine the intensity of the storm
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Cyclone
Turning wind with one eye
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Primary effect
Direct effect
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Secondary effect
Results of the primary effects
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Immediate response
First few hours and days
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Three P's
Prediction, protection, planning
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Extreme weather
Weather event that is extremely different from average
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Jet stream
Winds that move north to south
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Climate change
A long-term change in the earth's climate, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmospheric temperature.
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Ice age
An extended period of time when it is cold
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Quaternary
The last 2.6 million years of geological time
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Glacial period
A cold period of time lasting between 80 000 and 100 000 years
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Interglacial period
A warm period of time lasting between 10 000 and 15 000 years
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Anthropogenic
Human causes of climate change
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Mitigation
When people reduce the causes of a hazard to their lives
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Adaptation
When people respond to change to limit its impacts or to take advantage of the change
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Monitoring

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Recording physical changes to help forecast when and where a natural hazard might strike

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Air mass

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UK roundabout

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Coriolis Effect

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