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701-1221-00L  Dynamics of Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersH. Wernli, S. Pfahl
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractDynamic, synoptic Meteorology
ObjectiveUnderstanding the dynamics of large-scale atmospheric flow
ContentDynamical Meteorology is concerned with the dynamical processes of the
earth's atmosphere. The fundamental equations of motion in the atmosphere will be discussed along with the dynamics and interactions of synoptic system - i.e. the low and high pressure systems that determine our weather. The motion of such systems can be understood in terms of quasi-geostrophic theory. The lecture course provides a derivation of the mathematical basis along with some interpretations and applications of the concept.
Lecture notesDynamics of large-scale atmospheric flow
Literature- Holton J.R., An introduction to Dynamic Meteorogy. Academic Press, fourth edition 2004,
- Pichler H., Dynamik der Atmosphäre, Bibliographisches Institut, 456 pp. 1997
Prerequisites / NoticePhysics I, II, Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersH. Wernli, S. Pfahl
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aidsnone
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701-1221-00 VDynamics of Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow2 hrs
Tue15-17CHN F 46 »
H. Wernli, S. Pfahl
701-1221-00 UDynamics of Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow1 hrs
Tue17-18CHN F 46 »
H. Wernli, S. Pfahl


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