Public University of Navarre

Castellano | Academic year: 2023/2024
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: 510111 Subject title: GEOMORPHOLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGÍA
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Mandatory Year: 1 Period: 2º S
Department: Ciencias

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Module/Subject matter




- Materials of the crust. Ltihology.

- Geomprphology

- Climate factors and climate elements

- Composition of the atmosphere. Climate change.


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: A systematic understanding of the concepts and key aspects of your engineering branch.
ENAEE-7: The ability to choose and apply appropriate analytical and modelling methods.
ENAEE-17: Work effectively both individually and as a team.



 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




Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
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. 50 Yes 5
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  


If the student did not get the minimum grade to weigh in any of the activities, the grade of the subject would be 4.9 out of 10 at most (fail). 

*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. At the end of each practice, a report must be submitted. The final mark of the practices will be the average of the qualifications obtained during the practical classes.






1.- Introduction to Climatology.

2.- Radiation.

3.- Temperature.

4.- Atmospheric pressure. Wind. General atmospheric circulation.

5.- Atmospheric moisture. Evaporationa and precipitation.

6.- Evapotranspiration. Water balance.

7.- Climate classification.

8.- Climate change.

9.- An introduction to Earth Science.

10.- Mineralogy

11.- Rocks and weathering.

12.- Factors affecting landscape modelling.

13.- Agents affecting landscape modelling.

14.- Erosion.



Experimental practice program


1st  PART: Climatology
Analysis of the elements of climate I: Radiation

  • Analysis of the elements of climate II: Temperature
  • Analysis of the elements of climate III: Evapotranspiration (Method of Thornthwaite, Turc and Pruitt y Doorenbos (FAO))
  • Calculation of the water balance
  • Climate classification (Martonne´s aridity Index, Walter-Lieth climograph, Thornthwaite and Papadakis classifications)

2nd PART: Geomorphology

  • Interpretation of geological maps (two sessions)
  • Tools for minerals and rocks identification
  • Oral presentation about geological map.
  • Photogeology and photointerpretation (two sessions)
  • Erosion modelling




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

Barry, R.G., Chorley, R.J. Atmósfera, tiempo y clima. (7ª edición).  Ediciones Omega, S.A. Barcelona, 1999. ISBN 84-282-1182-5


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


de Freitas, M. H. Engineering Geology. Principles and Practice  Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-3-540-68626-2


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


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)


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


LaMoreaux J. W. Environmental Geology. Springer, New York, NY. ISBN: 978-1-4939-8787-0


Morgan R. P. C. Erosión y Conservación del suelo. Ed. Mundi-Prensa, Madrid, 1997


Oliver. J. E (editor). Encyclopedia of World Climatology. Springer, Dordrecht. ISBN: 978-1-4020-3266-0


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


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


Tarbuck y Lutgens. Ciencias de la Tierra. Una introducción a la Geología física. Ed. Prentice Hall, 2002



Bibliografía complementaria

Fuentes Yagüe, J.L. Iniciación a la meteorología y la climatología. Ed. Mundi-Prensa. Madrid, 2000. ISBN 84-7114-869-2

Fernández García, F. Manual de climatología aplicada: clima, medio ambiente y planificación. Ed. Síntesis, Madrid, 1995. ISBN 84-7738-275-1

Gobierno de Navarra. Website de Climatología (link)