Weather and the Built Environment

Weather and the Built Environment
Unit 1: Where We Live • Understand current growth trends in the United States • Become aware of the geographic extent and patterns of current growth trends • Recognize some of the historically significant growth patterns. • Understand the evolution of American cities and the factors that have driven their growth Unit 2: Impacts on the Watershed • Identify aspects of the built environment that are impacted by heavy precipitation events • Explain the relationship of landscaping and developed land features to maintaining water quality • Gain an understanding of "low impact" and other site design measures as they relate to improving both water quality and quantity Unit 3: Impacts on the Atmosphere • Define the urban heat island (UHI) effect • List the main mechanisms that cause the UHI • Describe the climatology of the UHI • List actions that can mitigate the UHI • List the major source of air pollutants • List the five air pollutants monitored by the AIRNow daily air quality index • Recognize weather conditions that negatively impact air quality • Become aware of personal actions that can reduce air pollution