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ATM3040 - Dynamical and physical processes in meteorology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Steve Siems


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will focus on physical and dynamical processes of the atmosphere. Initially the unit will examine the processes leading to the development of precipitation. The unit will then focus on radiative transfer with an application to satellite retrieval and weather radar. The unit will then examine the dynamics of the atmosphere on a rotating frame of reference.


On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate: an understanding of the development of precipitation through nucleation, condensation and then collision and coalescence; an understanding of the basic principles of long wave and short wave radiative transfer and apply these principles to weather radar and satellite imagery; an understanding of the effects of the rotation of the earth on the dynamics of the atmosphere and ocean. Students will also be able to demonstrate competence in information technology, data handling, laboratory skills, communication skills and team work as appropriate for the discipline of atmospheric science.


Final Examination (3 hours): 50%
In-semester tests and laboratories: 50%

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week, one two-hour laboratory/support class per week, plus private study/research time.