6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
This unit examines atmospheric thermodynamics and dynamics, including 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:
- Understand the basic physical theories of atmospheric processes, including the dynamics of motion and atmospheric thermodynamics;
- Relate the theories with the development and structure of real-life weather systems,including severe storms, tornadoes and tropical cyclones. Use the resulting techniques for forecasting day-to-day weather;
- Understand the formation of clouds;
- Distinguish and classify different cloud types;
- Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge to analyse and solve problems in atmospheric physics;
- Collect, organise, analyse and interpret quantitative information meaningfully using mathematical and statistical tools.
Assignments and practicals: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
- Three hours of lectures
- One 2-hour tutorial per week
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