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Undergraduate Course: Meteorology: Weather and Climate (METE08002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMeteorology Other subject areaEnvironmental Courses
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAn introduction to large-scale weather systems and climate processes. Radiation and climate, role of the oceans, greenhouse effect, atmospheric dynamics, global circulation, thunderstorms, hurricanes, mid-latitude weather systems, weather and climate forecasting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Earth Modelling and Prediction (GESC08002) OR Meteorology: Atmosphere and Environment (METE08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements SCE H-grade Physics and Mathematics or equivalent
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1.5 hour laboratory or tutorial class each week (choice of times), in weeks 3-11. In one session in weeks 8 and 9 half the students will do a lab from 3-4.30 (Mondays & Thursdays) or 11:-12:30 (Tuesdays) with the remainder doing a lab at the normal time. Students will be assigned to groups for this exercise alone to avoid clashes with any other classes they might have."
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 31, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the student will:
- Have a broad knowledge of the main areas of large-scale Meteorology
- Be able to describe:
- The components of the climate system and understand how these interact with each other
- The global radiation balance and the physics underlying the greenhouse effect
- Display a basic understanding of the dynamics of the atmosphere and its interaction with the underlying ocean and land
- Be able to apply knowledge of the forces acting on the atmosphere to quantitatively interpret the atmospheric circulation
- The atmospheric structure of tropical cyclones
- The structure and air motions in mid-latitude cyclones, anticyclones and other types of low pressure systems
- Be able to explain modern approaches to weather and climate forecasting
- Be aware of a range of standard applications used in meteorology to process and obtain data
- Be able to demonstrate their understanding through degree exam and course work.
Assessment Information
Coursework 30%
Degree exam 70%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list The basic text for the course is 'Meteorology Today' (10th edition) by C. Donald Ahrens, Brooks/Cole Publishing, however the latest edition has become too expensive to buy. Some copies from members of last year's class may be available for purchase. Earlier editions of this book (especially the 8th and 9th editions) are quite satisfactory. For the less mathematical parts of the course: Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to Weather (Jon Shonk) 8.99 is a good read. 'Atmospheric Science' (2nd edition) by Wallace and Hobbs 47 (from Blackwells) is also useful and is more mathematical than Ahrens.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Ruth Doherty
Tel: (0131 6)50 6759
Course secretaryMs Meredith Corey
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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