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)
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:
- Discuss the physical theory of the motion of the atmosphere and how it can be constructed from basic principles using mathematical analysis;
- Demonstrate skills in using mathematical techniques to understand the dynamics of the atmosphere;
- Demonstrate high-level knowledge of the important techniques and terminology in dynamical meteorology;
- Apply knowledge to analyse and solve problems in dynamical meteorology.
Examination (2 hours): 60%
In-semester tests and support-class activities: 10%
- Three 1-hour lectures per week
- One 2-hour laboratory/support class per week
- Private study/research time
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