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Atmospheric Processes and Composition (ATOC30008)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeATOC30008
Semester 1
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This subject presents a comprehensive view of the processes that are responsible for the structure, composition and properties of the atmosphere. It will focus on local and regional scales, covering aerosol and cloud processes such as formation, precipitation and lightning. It will address how these atmospheric processes interact with the climate system - discussing major weather systems, land use, air quality and greenhouse gas fluxes. This subject will involve a field trip to the Creswick campus to observe the atmospheric boundary layer state and chemical composition using state of the art monitoring equipment.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • describe the thermal structure of the atmosphere using the fundamental principles of thermodynamics, surface energy fluxes and cloud microphysics
  • use these principles to explain regional scale meteorological processes such as clouds, precipitation, stability and boundary layer behaviour including air pollution
  • assess the dependence and influence of these processes on external factors such as larger scale weather systems, local land use, coastlines and topography
  • describe and implement observational techniques for measuring the atmospheric state and composition
  • present implications of observed atmospheric conditions and composition as written technical reports

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following skills:

  • demonstrate a high level of achievement in writing and problem-solving
  • apply outstanding analytical, quantitative and technical skills to problem solving
  • reflect and critique information as life-long learners
  • demonstrate excellent organisational, planning and time management skills
  • apply knowledge, skills and attitude to adapt to scientific, technological and social changes

Last updated: 6 March 2019