Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Danijel Belusic


This unit examines cloud processes, the dynamics and prediction of severe storms (including tornadoes and tropical cyclones), the structure and evolution of extra-tropical cyclones and their associated fronts, and the techniques used in forecasting the day-to-day weather.


On completion of ATM2030 students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of: how clouds form and their role in the weather and climate; the dynamics of severe storms, including supercells, tornadoes and tropical cyclones; the structure and evolution of extratropical cyclones and their associated fronts; moist thermodynamics with particular emphasis on forecasting moist convection; how mathematics and atmospheric physics are used to forecast the day-to-day weather, and the inherent limitations in predictability. Students will also have further developed skills in: mathematical modelling and computation; problem solving in a real-life context; scientific communication; and an awareness of the relevance of science to modern society.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Field trip, laboratory work, assignments and tests: 40%
Students are required to satisfactorily complete the laboratory work and pass the final examination.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Danijel Belusic

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour computer laboratory class per week


MTH1030 or MTH1035