701-1235-00L  Cloud Microphysics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersU. Lohmann, Z. A. Kanji
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 16.


701-1235-00 VCloud Microphysics2 hrs
Tue10-12CHN F 42 »
U. Lohmann, Z. A. Kanji
701-1235-00 UCloud Microphysics1 hrs
Tue12-13CHN F 42 »
U. Lohmann, Z. A. Kanji

Catalogue data

AbstractClouds are a fascinating atmospheric phenomenon central to the hydrological cycle and the Earth`s climate. Interactions between cloud particles can result in precipitation, glaciation or evaporation of the cloud depending on its microstructure and microphysical processes.
ObjectiveThe learning objective of this course is that students understand the formation of clouds and precipitation and can apply learned principles to interpret atmospheric observations of clouds and precipitation.
Contentsee: http://www.iac.ethz.ch/edu/courses/master/modules/cloud-microphysics.html
Lecture notesThis course will be designed as a reading course in 1-2 small groups of 8 students maximum. It will be based on the textbook below. The students are expected to read chapters of this textbook prior to the class so that open issues, fascinating and/or difficult aspects can be discussed in depth.
LiteraturePao K. Wang: Physics and dynamics of clouds and precipitation, Cambridge University Press, 2012
Prerequisites / NoticeTarget group: Master students in Atmosphere and Climate

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersU. Lohmann, Z. A. Kanji
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationMarks will be based on the oral exam for which a bonus of up to 1/2 a grade can be obtained from the assignments.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Places16 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 02.09.2016 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupAtmospheric and Climate Science MSc (661000)
Environmental Sciences MSc (736000)
Waiting listuntil 23.09.2016
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 30.09.2016

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