|| PH29010 |
|| ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr James Whiteway |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Dr Andrew Breen, Dr Nicholas Mitchell |
|| Part 1 Core Modules |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 lectures |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 2 exercise classes; 2 tutorials |
|| Course work || Example Sheets Example Sheets 11,12,14,15,16 & 18
Deadlines are detailed in the Year 2 Example Sheet Schedule distributed by the Department || 30% |
|| Exam || End of semester examinations || 70% |
An introduction is given to the physics of the Earth's atmosphere. The basic principles of radiation, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics are applied to gain an understanding of fundamental atmospheric phemonena. Topics covered include: planetary radiation balance, thermal structure, formation of clouds and precipitation, lightening, generation of wind and atmospheric circulation, weather patterns and the stratosphere. Discussion will emphasize the environmental issues of climate change and ozone depletion. Applications such as remote sensing of planetary atmospheres and weather prediction are also introduced.
After taking this module students should be able to:
understand the balance of energy in the Earth-atmosphere system.
understand weather systems and prediction.
understand the various processes determining global climate and factors affecting change.
understand the physical aspect of various environmental issues involving the atmosphere.
Fundamentals of radiation
Planetary radiation balance
Atmospheric thermal structure
Solar radiation in the atmosphere: absorption and scattering
Remote sensing of planetary atmospheres
Clouds and precipitation
Meteorology: cyclones, anticyclones and fronts
Planetary scale circulation and world climates
Dynamics of the stratosphere and mesosphere
** Recommended Text
J.M. Wallace and P.V. Hobbs.
Atmospheric Science, an Introductory Survey. 0127329501
** Supplementary Text
J.W. Moran and M.D. Morgan.