Atmospheric science seminar

Physics, Second Cycle
1 ali 2 year
slovenian, english
Hours per week – 1. semester:

Enrollment in the master-level program after
completed 1st cycle program in Meteorology or
If the course is selected as optional,
prerequisites are completed courses
»Introduction to meteorology« and »Dynamical
Meteorology I« or courses with equivalent

Content (Syllabus outline)

Seminars deal with advanced fields of atmospheric
sciences and selected topics in recent as well as
classical publications in meteorology and related
disciplines. Students can propose their seminar
topics after discussions with teacher or in
agreement with a mentor who can be a master
thesis mentor.
In addition to the mentors at UL-FMF, mentors can
be from other departments at UL as well as from the
Environmental Agency of Slovenia.
The basic literature for the seminar is provided by
the mentor and the student is expected to expand
the content by critically using online sources in
addition to textbooks and journals.
Depending on the number of students, seminar is
realized as a combination of lessons by a teacher,
seminars by invited guest researchers and by
doctoral students and students' presentations. In
addition to own seminar, students are expected to
actively participate in discussions devoted to oral
and written forms of expositions led by the teacher. The role of mentor is crucial for guiding the student
in making his/her seminar. Mentors are expected to
supervise the seminar paper and to check it before
the oral presentation and before it is submitted to
the course teacher. Oral presentations take the
form of a classic lecture up to 40 min length with
time left for questions. In principle, the presentation
has to be delivered on screen. The final version of
the seminar paper should be submitted within two
weeks following the oral presentation.
It is desirable that a successful seminar paper
contains an individual contribution from a student,
either in the form of critical discussion or own
analysis of independent data (e.g. in relation to the
master thesis research). Successful seminar papers
should be publishable in professional journals such
as SMD »Vetrnica«.


Meteorološke revije založnikov kot so AGU, AMS, RMS, EGU
Spletna zbirka Web of Science (Thompson ISI Web of Knowledge),
Navodila za pripravo rokopisov: William Strunk, Jr., E. B. White, »The Elements of Style«
Nasveti za pisanje v angleščini: J. M. Swales, C. Feak, »Academic writing for graduate students«
Slovenski strokovni meteorološki časopis Vetrnica,
Dodatni izbrani članki in revije

Objectives and competences

Learning advanced topics in atmospheric
sciences in related disciplines.
Developing ability to recognize important
topics, to collect relevant literature, to critically
extract most important information, to present
and to write papers, to actively listen to talks by
fellow students and to discuss.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: Learning
advanced topics in atmospheric sciences in
related disciplines.
Application: Preparation and presentation of
own seminar topic, writing seminar paper,
active participation in discussions.
Reflection: Critical use of information sources,
ability to recognize important pieces of
information, ability to listen and interact with
fellow students and more senior lecturers
Transferable skills: Ability for an independent
work, search for relevant information and its

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and discussions.


Final grade is the average of the grades for two seminars (one in Slovene, other in English). The grade for each seminar is the average of the grade for the written report and the grade for the oral presentation. Presence on all seminars is mandatory.

grading: 5 (fail), 6-10 (pass) (according to the Statute of UL)

Lecturer's references
  1. Žagar, N. et al., 2008: Impact assessment of simulated Doppler wind lidars with
    multivariante variational assimilation of the tropics. Mon. Wea. Rev., 136,
  2. Žagar, N., 2004: Assimilation of equatorial waves by line-of-sight wind observations.
    J. Atmos. Sci., 61, 1877-1893.
  3. Žagar, N. et al., 2013: Balance properties of the short-range forecast errors in the
    ECMWF 4D-Var ensemble. Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc., 139, 1229-1238.