EAE4001 - Atmospheric science research project B - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael Reeder


Professor Michael Reeder

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Master of Science

Satisfactory completion of EAE4000


Students will do a research project in weather, climate or ocean science. The main relevant areas of research are aerosols (including cloud seeding), boundary layers, climate change, clouds, convection, ENSO, general circulation, synoptic-dynamical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, numerical modeling, tropical meteorology, and bushfires and fire weather. A full list of projects will be made available to students before enrolling in the MSC program. The research project may be theoretical, computational or observation-based. Each student will work under the supervision of at least one of the academic members of staff. The project will involve a literature review, original research, a written thesis and an oral report on the work. In most cases, the project will continue into the second year of the MSc.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand, synthesise and summarise the existing literature.
  2. Identify gaps in our knowledge in their chosen area of research.
  3. Advance our knowledge in the chosen area through original research.
  4. Present their findings in a written thesis and oral presentation.


This unit is the second half of a two-semester research project.

Literature review: 20%

Oral presentation: 10%

Thesis: 70%

Workload requirements

A total of 24 hours per week comprising:

  • Attendance at a 1-hour seminar
  • A 1-hour consultation with the supervisor
  • 17 hours per week of research (averaged over the semester)
  • 4 hours per week writing the thesis (averaged over the semester)
  • 1 hour per week preparing the oral report (averaged over the semester).

See also Unit timetable information

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

Master of Science in Atmospheric Science