ATM3050 - Dynamical meteorology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Professor Michael Reeder

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The motion of a density-stratified fluid in a rotating frame of reference; important parameters and their magnitudes; 'homogeneous flows' in the atmosphere and ocean; shallow-water and Rossby-wave motion; western boundary currents; gradient-wind balance and vortex motion; dynamics of stratified fluids, including stability, blocking, internal gravity waves and thermal-wind balance.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the physical theory of the motion of the atmosphere and how it can be constructed from basic principles using mathematical analysis;
  2. Demonstrate skills in using mathematical techniques to understand the dynamics of the atmosphere;
  3. Demonstrate high-level knowledge of the important techniques and terminology in dynamical meteorology;
  4. Apply knowledge to analyse and solve problems in dynamical meteorology.


Examination (2 hours): 60%

Assignments: 30%

Quizzes: 10%

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MTH2010 or MTH2015. Recommended: ATM2020 and ATM2030.


MTH2032 (or equivalent)