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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Professor Michael Reeder



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


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 this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic physical theories of atmospheric processes, including the dynamics of motion and atmospheric thermodynamics;
  2. Relate the theories with the development and structure of real-life weather systems, including severe storms, tornadoes and tropical cyclones, and use the resulting techniques for forecasting day-to-day weather;
  3. Understand the formation of clouds;
  4. Distinguish and classify different cloud types;
  5. Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge to analyse and solve problems in atmospheric physics;
  6. Collect, organise, analyse and interpret quantitative information meaningfully using mathematical and statistical tools.


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.

Workload requirements

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

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