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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Steven Siems


Physical meteorology examines the major physical forces that affect the behaviour of the atmosphere, specifically radiative transfer and precipitation. The radiative transfer section focuses on the scattering, absorption and emission of radiant energy within the atmosphere and how this knowledge is exploited by remote satellite and ground-based instrumentation. The cloud microphysics section focuses on the development of precipitation, as well as the interaction between clouds and aerosols.


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. Students will also be able to demonstrate competence in information technology, data handling, laboratory skills, communication skills and teamwork as appropriate for the discipline of atmospheric science.


Final Examination (3 hours): 60%
Laboratory work, assignment and tests: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Steven Siems

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week, one 2-hour laboratory/support class per week, plus private study/research time.




MTH2010 or MTH2015