6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
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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:
- Describe the basic thermodynamics of the atmosphere and the forces acting upon it, and explain how these forces lead to atmospheric motions;
- Identify and describe the main processes leading to the formation of clouds;
- Distinguish and classify different cloud types;
- Apply conceptual knowledge of the atmosphere to real-life weather systems, including severe storms, tornadoes and tropical cyclones, and use appropriate techniques for forecasting day-to-day weather;
- Integrate key concepts of atmospheric physics and dynamics to analyse and solve quantitative meteorological problems
- Interpret quantitative meteorological information using appropriate mathematical, statistical, and graphical tools.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Assignments and practicals: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
- Three hours of lectures
- One 2-hour tutorial per week
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