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Study programme: Geophysics
Study cycle: Master (second)
Module: Meteorology
Core of the programme: Mandatory for Meteorology module
Year: 2
Semester: 3

Lectures: 60 hours
Exercises: 15 hours
Seminar: 15 hours

No. of ECTS credits: 7

Language: Slovenian
Specifics: Additional 15 hours for homework assignments

Numerical Methods in Meteorology

Objectives of the course and intended learning outcomes (competences)

The purpose of the course is to introduce principles of numerical discretization of the equations for atmospheric motions. Students will learn how the typical meteorological equations are solved numerically and develop ability to independently apply numerical methods to solve simplified problems.

Contents (Syllabus outline)

Basic literature

Expected achievements

Knowledge and understanding
Discretization of atmospheric equations, numerical methods for solving problems in meteorology.

Planning, development and application of numerical models of atmospheric processes.

Understanding the difference between the process and its numerical representation, understanding complexity.

Transferable skills
Numerical solution of partical differential equations.

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