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This course aims to introduce the student to processes of atmosphere-ocean interaction, their importance in the climate system and its variability, with a particular emphasis on tropical meteorology. Specific topics will include: wind and buoyancy driven ocean circulation, atmospheric convection, atmospheric and oceanic wave phenomena, SST and atmospheric circulation, El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), decadal to centennial scale variability and large scale modelling.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- explain fundamental processes of atmosphere-ocean interaction;
- describe the importance of these processes in the climate system and its variability, with a particular emphasis on tropical meteorology;
- review and synthesise the current literature, making judgements in cases of conflicting hypotheses.
On completion of this subject students will have gained experience in:
- developing the ability to exercise critical judgement;
- rigorous and independent thinking;
- adopting a problem-solving approach to new or unfamiliar tasks;
- high-level written report presentation skills;
- oral communication and presentation skills.
Last updated: 6 December 2019