Module Identifier 
PH29610 
Module Title 
PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES 
Academic Year 
2007/2008 
Coordinator 
Dr Andrew R Breen 
Semester 
Semester 2 
Other staff 
Dr David Barnes, Balazs Pinter 
PreRequisite 
Satisfactory completion of part 1 of the degree scheme. 
Mutually Exclusive 
PH28720 
Course delivery 
Lecture  10 Hours. lectures 

Seminars / Tutorials  3 seminars 

Seminars / Tutorials  1 Hours. poster presentation workshop 

Practical  6 Hours. practicals 
Assessment 
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 outcomes
On 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.
Brief description
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.
Content
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.
Reading Lists
Books
** Recommended Text
Hargreaves, J.K. (1995) The solarterrestrial environment: an introduction to geospacethe science of teh terrestrial upper atmosphere, ionosphere and the magnetosphere
0521427371
Hartmann,W.K. Moons and Planets
Wadsworth
Notes
This module is at CQFW Level 5