Public University of Navarre

Castellano | Academic year: 2018/2019 | Previous academic years:  2017/2018 
Double degree in Agrifood Engineering and Rural Environment and Innovation of Food Processes and Products from Navarre Public University at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 503111 Subject title: GEOLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Mandatory Year: 1 Period: 2º S

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Module/Subject matter




- Materials of the crust. Ltihology.

- Geomprphology

- Climate factors and climate elements

- Composition of the atmosphere. Climate change.



Geology, Earth materials, Geomorphology, Hydrogeology, Agroclimatology


General proficiencies

  • CT5: Capacity to work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • CB1: Students are able to demonstrate they have acquired knowledge and understanding in a field of study based on the basic foundations gained within their general secondary education together with the support of advanced textbooks and aspects of the latest advances in the field.
  • CB4: Students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialized or non-specialized audiences.


Specific proficiencies

  • CE 6:  Basic knowledge of the geology and morphology of terrain and its application to problems related to engineering. Climatology.
  • CE-28 Ability to recognize, understand, and utilize the principles of agricultural and landscape Engineering, environmental legislation and management, sustainable development principles, market and professional strategies, assessment of environmental assets, hydrology, erosion, plant material production, use, and maintenance, ecosystems and biodiversity, physical environment and climate change. Analysis, management, and land use planning. Landscaping principles. Specific design and graphic expression tools, practical development of environmental impact studies, environmental and landscaping restoration projects. Projects and maintenance plans for green spaces. Development projects. Tools for spatial and landscape planning. Projects and works management and planning
  • CG2: Adequate knowledge of the physical problems, technologies, equipment, and water and energy supply systems, the limits imposed by budgetary factors and building regulations, the relationships between installations and/or buildings with farms, agro-food industries and spaces related to gardening and landscaping with their social and environmental surroundings, as well as the need to relate those surroundings from that environment with human needs and environmental protection.


Learning outcomes

R1. To identify and get to know the materials forming the Earth¿s crust

R2. To identify and get to know the different geomorphologic features in natural and rural landscapes

R3. To know the factors and elements of climate

R4. To Know and apply the most significant climate classifications for agronomical studies

R5. To identify the causes and effects of climate change and the mitigation tools in the agri-food sector.


ENAEE-2: Una comprensión sistemática de los conceptos y aspectos clave de su rama de ingeniería.
ENAEE-7: La capacidad de elegir y aplicar métodos analíticos y de modelización adecuados.
ENAEE-17: Funcionar de forma efectiva tanto de forma individual como en equipo.



 Methodology - Activity In-person classes Non in-person classes
A-1 Theory classes 30 37.5
A-2 Lab and practical sessions 19.5  22.5
A-3 Debate, Exchange and collaborative sessions, group sessions    
A-4 Personal Project work 7.5 30
A-5 Reading    
A-6 Individual study    
A-7 Exams and other tests 3  
A-8 Individual tutorial sessions    
Total 60 90






Learning outcomes Evaluation system Weight (%) Recoverable
 R1, R2, R3, R4 & R5  Control of attendance. Professor's register  5  NO
 R1, R2, R3, R4 & R5  Written proof on the concedpts developed in the course. A minnimum qualification of 5 over 10 is required.  50  YES
 R1, R2, R3, R4 & R5  Individual work of the student. Oral presentation in the classroom. Practical classes*  35  NO
 R1, R2, R3, R4 & R5  Group work. Oral presentation.  10  NO


 *Practical classes are mandatory and cannot be retaken. Passing practical classes is also necessary to pass the course, both at the ordinary and extraordinary evaluation sessions.




1. Introduction to Earth Science. Structure, geochemistry and evolution of the Earth. The geological time scale.

2. Essentials of Crystallography and Mineralogy. Structure and physical properties of minerals. Classification of minerals. Oxides and hydroxides. Carbonates. Silicates.

3. Phylosilicates.

4. Rocks. Classification. Igneous rocks. Metamorphic rocks. Sedimentary rocks. Chemical weathering. Regional geologic framework.

5. Use and exploitation of geological resources. Applications in environmental geology. Geology and mining resources. Geologic materials for building, energy production and fertilization.

6. Factors conditioning landscape formation. Lithology, Structural factors, Climate. Dynamic and human-induced changes.

7. Agents of landscape formation. Rivers. Glaciers. Wind. Oceans. Landforms and sedimentation in local conditions. Land morphology as a factor of soil formation.

8. Essentials of hydrogeology. Hydrologic basin. Hydrogeological basin. Hydrogeological behavior of rocky materials and Quaternary deposits.

9. Introduction to Climate Science. Structure and composition of the atmosphere. Factors and elements of climate. Meteorological stations.

10. Solar radiation.

11. Heat and Temperature.

12. Atmospheric moisture. Winds. General circulation of the atmosphere.

13. Evapotranspiration. Water balances.

14. Climate classification. Agro-climates. Climate as a factor of soil formation.

15. Climate change. Causes and effects. Past climates. Climate changes due to changes in the composition of the atmosphere.


1st  PART: Geology & Geomorphology

  • Geological maps and models
  • Tools for minerals and rocks identification
  • Photogeology and photointerpretation
  • Use of geological maps

2nd PART: Climtaology

  • Analysis of the elements of climate
  • Study of climate data series
  • Calculation of evapotranspiration
  • Water balance
  • Climate classification



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

1.- Tarbuck, Lutgens & Tasa. Earth Science.13th edition. Ed. Prentice Hall, 2012

2.- Marshak. Essentials of geology. 3rd edition. Ed. Norton & Co, 2009.

2.- Pozo Rodríguez, M., González Yélamos, J. y Giner Robles, J. Geología Práctica. Ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004

3.- Gutiérrez Elorza, M. Geomorfología climática. Ed. Omega, 2001

4.- Bridge, J. Earth surface processes, landforms and sediment deposits. Ed. Cambridge, 2008

5.- Strahler, A. Geología física. Ed. Omega, 1997

6.- Gobierno de Navarra.  Mapa Geológico de Navarra. Dpto. de Obras Públicas Gobierno de Navarra, 1992, Venta en Servicio de Cartografía (Avda. San Ignacio en Pamplona)

7.- Elías Castillo, Fco. y Castellví,  F. Agrometeorología. Coedición: Min. Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación y Mundi-Prensa, Madrid, 1996

8.- Fernández García, F. Manual de Climatología Aplicada. Ed. Síntesis, Madrid, 1995

9.- Barry, R. C. y Chorley, R. J. Atmosphere, weather & climate. 9th edition.  Ed. Rutledge, 2010.

10.- Sánchez Rodríguez, J. Instrumentos meteorológicos. Ed. Instituto Nacional de Meteorología. Min. Transporte, Turismo y Comunicaciones, Madrid, 1990