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ATM3040

Faculty of Science

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Christian Jakob

Synopsis

Physical meteorology examines the major physical forces that affect the behaviour of the atmosphere, specifically radiative transfer and precipitation. The radiative transfer section focuses on the scattering, absorption and emission of radiant energy within the atmosphere and how this knowledge is exploited by remote satellite and ground-based instrumentation. The cloud microphysics section focuses on the development of precipitation, as well as the interaction between clouds and aerosols.

Objectives

On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate: an understanding of the development of precipitation through nucleation, condensation and then collision and coalescence; an understanding of the basic principles of long wave and short wave radiative transfer and apply these principles to weather radar and satellite imagery. Students will also be able to demonstrate competence in information technology, data handling, laboratory skills, communication skills and teamwork as appropriate for the discipline of atmospheric science.

Assessment

Final Examination (3 hours): 60%
Laboratory work, assignment and tests: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Steven Siems

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week, one 2-hour laboratory/support class per week, plus private study/research time.

Prerequisites

ATM2030

Co-requisites

MTH2010

Prohibitions

ATM3010