EAE5021 - Advanced dynamical meteorology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 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

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Master of Science




Dynamical meteorology concerns itself with the causes of atmospheric motion. The unit begins with a scale analysis of the equations of motion for mid latitude weather systems, which leads to the most important theoretical development modern meteorology - the quasi-geostrophic theory. This theory and its generalisation, is used to explain Rossby waves and their interaction with the mean state, the development of extratropical cyclones, the causes of vertical motion, and the structure and evolution of cold fronts. The theory for gravity waves is developed also.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the dynamical principles governing the fluid flow in a rotating frame of reference;
  2. Apply these principles to explain the dynamics of many common mid latitude weather systems;
  3. Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the important mathematical techniques used to solve problems in mid latitude dynamics;
  4. Read, understand and critically analyse the scientific literature on mid latitude dynamics.


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: 30%

Research paper review: 30%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

This unit is offered at both Level 4 and Level 5, differentiated by the level of the assessment. Students enrolled in EAE5021 will be expected to demonstrate a higher level of learning in this subject than those enrolled in EAE4021. The assignments and exam in this unit will use some common items from the EAE4021 assessment tasks, in combination with several higher level questions and tasks.

Workload requirements

A total of 12 hours per week comprising:

  • Three 1-hour lectures
  • Three hours per week on assignments, reports and preparation of a talk
  • Six hours of independent study

See also Unit timetable information

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

Master of Science in Atmospheric Science