determine if the atmosphere is stable or unstable from a vertical temperature profile
describe how precipitation is created
explain how motion (wind) is created in the atmosphere
Application of the basic equations of fluid dynamics on atmospheric flow. The relation between the distributions of wind, pressure and temperature. Scale analysis of atmospheric motions. Basic kinematics. Continuity equation. Bjerknes circluation and vorticity theorems and their application on atmospheric otions. The influence of the earth's surface on the atmosphere. The properties of the dry and humid air. Thermodynamic diagrams. Height determination from radiosoundings. Methods for stability analusis. Cloud formation processes and the properties of clouds. Precipitation processes.
Lectures, practical assignments and project work
Two written examinations in atmospehric dynamics (7.5 credits) and atmospheric thermodynamics (6 credits), presentations of project work (oral and written) and practical assignment (written) (1.5 credits)
week 30, 2015
Holton, James R.
An introduction to dynamic meteorology
Burlington, MA : Elsevier Academic Press, cop.,