EAE3121 - Physical meteorology - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Steven Siems


Associate Professor Steven Siems

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


EAE2122 or ATM2030


One of ENG2005, MTH2010 or MTH2015




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:

  1. Describe the physical theory of precipitation and radiation in the atmosphere and apply these principles to weather radar and satellite imagery using mathematical models;
  2. Demonstrate skills in using mathematical techniques to understand the physics of the atmosphere;
  3. Demonstrate high-level knowledge of the important techniques and terminology in physical meteorology;
  4. Demonstrate competence in information technology, data handling, and laboratory skills;
  5. Analyse and solve problems in physical meteorology;
  6. Explain physical meteorology concepts, processes and results to diverse audiences.


Examination (2 hours): 60%

Laboratory work, assignment and tests: 40%

Workload requirements

  • Three 1-hour lectures per week
  • One 2-hour laboratory/support class per week
  • Private study/research time

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