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Study programme: Geophysics
Study cycle: Master (second)
Module: Meteorology
Core of the programme: Mandatory for Meteorology module
Year: 1
Semester: 2

Lectures: 60 hours
Exercises: 30 hours
Seminar: 5 hours

No. of ECTS credits: 8

Language: Slovenian
Specifics: Additional 15 hours for homework assignments, final project assignment

Dynamic Meteorology II

Objectives of the course and intended learning outcomes (competences)

Competences: use of advanced numerical models of the atmosphere as tools for interpretation of atmospheric phenomena.

Contents (Syllabus outline)

General circulation: Lorenz energy cycle, low-frequency variability, QBO, moment of rotation budget, classification of the PDE’s and methods for solving them.
Planetary boundary layer and transport of pollution: the concept, influence of the stability, dry and wet deposition, sedimentation.
Nonlinearity and predictability: hydrodynamic instability, baroclinic instability, energy of baroclinic waves, their growth and propagation.
Mesoscale circulations: coastal meteorology, various models of coastal circulation, mountain meteorology.

Basic literature

Expected achievements

Knowledge and understanding
Understanding and capability of abstract thinking regarding the atmospheric dynamics, use of appropriate mathematical tools, practical applications.

Application of dynamics in meteorology, concept of theoretical and practical tools.

Linking theory with practice.

Transferable skills
Use of PDE’s, knowledge about laws of nature, logical thinking.

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, seminars; home assignments, students projects.


Completed 1 level of Meteorology with Geophysics. Completed exam of Dynamical meteorology I. Oral exam only after successful completion of written exam.

Assesment methods

The assessment consists of two parts, a theoretical exam and a practical exercises exam. The practical exercises exam (50 % of final grade) can be completed with 2 half-term exams or 1 half-term exam together with a project assignment. A perquisite for theoretical exam is a successfully finished seminar. The theoretical exam together with the seminar is 50 % of final grade. The candidate successfully completes the assessment by obtaining a grade 6 (pass) to 10 (excellent) in both parts.

Methods of quality assessment

Self-evaluation, anonymous student questionnaire.

Course coodinator and his references