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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: 15 hours
Seminar: 15 hours

No. of ECTS credits: 7

Language: Slovenian
Specifics: Additional 15 hours for homework assignments and projects

Weather Analysis and Forecasting

Objectives of the course and intended learning outcomes (competences)

The purpose of the course is to learn the principles and methods for numerical weather prediction. The topics covered include atmospheric observations, methods of data assimilation (primarily statistical interpolation and variational method), initial and lateral boundary formulation for limited-area models, model parametrizations, predictability, ensemble forecasting and interpretation of model results.

Contents (Syllabus outline)

Basic literature

Expected achievements

Knowledge and understanding
Atmospheric observations, data assimilation methods, formulation of numerical forecast models, forecast.

Understanding of outputs of weather forecast models, planning of weather observing systems.

Connection between theory, model outputs and real weather events.

Transferable skills
Ability to critically judge the data and their use in models, and to judge the model results.

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