This module provides an introduction to the European continent and the Mediterranean and Black Sea areas for weather forecasters. It focuses on geography, climatology, oceanography, major aspects of the synoptic and mesoscale weather patterns, and hazards to aviation and maritime operations.
- Geography covers major political boundaries, cities, ports, topographical features, rivers, and volcanic areas.
- Climatology covers the seasonal climatology of jet stream, synoptic weather systems, extratropical cyclones, and high winds and seas.
- Oceanography includes major bathymetric features; mean sea surface temperature, salinity and currents; tidal ranges, sea ice, and water clarity.