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General Circulation of the Atmosphere (ATOC90014)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeATOC90014
March - Off Campus
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This subject provides an introduction to the large-scale circulation features of the atmosphere and the processes that maintain them. Students will be introduced to a set of mathematical tools that will be used to analyse the transport of energy, momentum and moisture through the atmosphere and to build a conceptual picture for how these transports are achieved by the atmospheric circulation. Topics covered will include:

  • Review of the governing equations
  • Reynolds decomposition and atmospheric transports
  • Atmospheric reanalysis
  • The Hadley circulation
  • Monsoons
  • Midlatitude eddies and jet formation
  • The Ferrel Cell
  • Isentropic and transformed Eulerian mean circulations

Intended learning outcomes

  • Ability to identify the main features of the atmospheric circulation and the processes that contribute to their maintenance.
  • Ability to apply mathematical tools to analyse the transports of energy/momentum through the atmosphere
  • Ability to critically engage with the scientific literature regarding the large-scale atmospheric circulation and its possible changes under climate change

Generic skills

  • Developing the ability to exercise critical judgement
  • Rigorous and independent thinking
  • Adopting a problem-solving approach to complex or ambiguous questions;
  • High-level written report presentation skills; oral communication and presentation skills.

Last updated: 3 April 2019