6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
Enrolment in the Master of Science
This unit provides an introduction to the large-scale circulation features of the atmosphere and the processes that maintain them. Students will be introduced to a set of mathematical tools that will be used to analyse the transport of energy, momentum and moisture through the atmosphere and to build a conceptual picture for how these transports are achieved by the atmospheric circulation. The unit will also touch on how the large-scale atmospheric circulation may respond to climate change, and students will be given the opportunity to engage with the scientific literature on this topic.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Apply the various analysis techniques used to estimate the atmospheric thermodynamic state and large-scale circulation and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
- Appraise the main features of the atmospheric circulation and the processes that contribute to their maintenance.
- Apply mathematical tools to analyse the transports of energy, momentum and water through the atmosphere.
- Critically engage with the scientific literature regarding the large-scale atmospheric circulation and its possible changes under climate change.
Research paper review: 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
A total of 12 hours per week comprising:
- two 1.5-hour lectures;
- three hours per week on assignments, reports and preparation of a talk;
- 6 hours of independent study.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Master of Science in Atmospheric Science