|| PH29610 |
|| PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Andrew R Breen |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Dr David Barnes, Balazs Pinter |
|| Satisfactory completion of part 1 of the degree scheme. |
|| PH28720 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 Hours. lectures |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 3 seminars |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 1 Hours. poster presentation workshop |
|| Practical || 6 Hours. practicals |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours Examination ||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| Worksheets ||20%|
|Semester Assessment|| poster presentation ||10%|
|Supplementary Exam||3 Hours examination ||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain how observations enable us to probe planetary interiors.
2. Explain the balance of energy in an atmospheric system.. Solve simple problems in radiative transfer.
3. Explain the vertical structure of the neutral atmosphere in terms of the underlying physics.
4. Discuss the factors controlling fluid flow above a planetary surface.
5. Use a computational modelling suite to derive flow patterns above a planetary susrface, display the results using a visualisation system and interpret them in terms of the underlying physics.
6. Use the model results to plan the best path for an airbourne planetary robot to follow above the terrain for specificexperiment targets.
7. Present the results in poster form.
This course will provide students with an overview of planetary atmospheric science, including the constraints on robotic planetary exploration and the use of computational modelling of planetary atmospheres.
Atmospheric energy balance. "Greenhouse effect". Convection and atmospheric dynamics.
Vertical structure. Hydrostatic equilibrium and scale heights. Atmospheric layers.
Planetary atmospheres - differences from Earth.
Atmospheric flow - fluid mechanics as applied to atmospheres.
Modelling planetary atmospheres - approaches and constraints.
Interpreting model results for flow over a planetary surface.
** Recommended Text
Hargreaves, J.K. (1995) The solar-terrestrial environment: an introduction to geospace-the science of teh terrestrial upper atmosphere, ionosphere and the magnetosphere
Hartmann,W.K. Moons and Planets
This module is at CQFW Level 5