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Tufts OpenCourseware
Author: Colin Orians

1. Discussion Questions

1.1. Chapter 3: Tropical climates and moisture regimes.

  • What is meant by Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone?
  • What is the Coriolis effect and how does it influence tropical climate?
  • Why is the climate cooler and drier on the western sides of continents between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, as compared to the climate of the eastern sides of these continents?
  • Climatic conditions vary dramatically on the windward and leeward sides of the mountains. Why is this so?
  • Why does it rain so much in equatorial Amazon and why does it rain so little in much of equatorial Africa?
  • Why does El Nino have such a profound effect on global climate?