EAE5001 - Advanced atmospheric science research project B - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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

Not offered in 2019


Enrolment in the Master of Science and EAE5000Not offered in 2019


This unit will be offered annually from Semester 2, 2020


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 modelling, tropical meteorology, and bushfires and fire weather.

In most cases, the project will be a continuation of that completed in EAE5000Not offered in 2019 but expanded and deepened. The intention is that the completed project should be suitable for submission for publication in a research journal.

Alternatively, the student may choose a different research project, with the aim of developing a greater breadth of understanding of atmospheric science. Nonetheless, the student must demonstrate greater research maturity and command of the subject matter than that required for EAE5000Not offered in 2019.

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.


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
  • 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