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ATM3050

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Michael Reeder

Synopsis

The motion of a density-stratified fluid in a rotating frame of reference; important parameters and their magnitudes; 'homogeneous flows' in the atmosphere and ocean; shallow-water and Rossby-wave motion; western boundary currents; gradient-wind balance and vortex motion; dynamics of stratified fluids, including stability, blocking, internal gravity waves and thermal-wind balance.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the physical theory of the motion of the atmosphere and how it can be constructed from basic principles using mathematical analysis;

  1. Demonstrate skills in using mathematical techniques to understand the dynamics of the atmosphere;

  1. Demonstrate high-level knowledge of the important techniques and terminology in dynamical meteorology;

  1. Apply knowledge to analyse and solve problems in dynamical meteorology.

Assessment

Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments: 20%
In-semester tests and support-class activities: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

MTH2010 or MTH2015. Recommended: ATM2020 and ATM2030.

Co-requisites

MTH2032 (or equivalent)