Study programme: Geophysics
Study cycle: Master (second)
Core of the programme: Mandatory for Meteorology module
Lectures: 60 hours
Exercises: 30 hours
Seminar: 5 hours
No. of ECTS credits: 8
Specifics: Additional 15 hours for homework assignments, final project assignment
Dynamic Meteorology II
Objectives of the course and intended learning outcomes (competences)Aims:
- Ellaborate on theoretical knowledge about atmospheric dynamics,
- Capability to analytically describe the 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.
- James R. Holton: An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Academic Press; 1992 (III edition), 2004 (IV edition).
- Howard B. Bluestein: Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Midlatitudes, vol. 1, 448 pages, Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Roland B. Stull: An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology, 666 pages, 1988, Springer.
Expected achievementsKnowledge 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.
Use of PDE’s, knowledge about laws of nature, logical thinking.
Teaching methodsLectures, exercises, seminars; home assignments, students projects.
PrerequisitesCompleted 1 level of Meteorology with Geophysics. Completed exam of Dynamical meteorology I. Oral exam only after successful completion of written exam.
Assesment methodsThe 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 assessmentSelf-evaluation, anonymous student questionnaire.
Course coodinator and his references
- Mark Zagar, assistant professor.