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Undergraduate Course: Meteorology: Atmosphere and Environment (METE08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the physical processes occurring in the Earth's atmosphere. Interpretation of weather maps and satellite images, cloud types and formation, atmospheric structure, thermodynamic processes, rain formation, solar and terrestrial radiation, energy balance at the surface, cumulus and cumulonimbus convection, and air pollution.
Course description Week 1: Overview, introduction to weather maps and satellite imagery
Weeks 2-3: Atmospheric structure, meteorological observations, interpreting charts
Week 4: Air masses and weather fronts
Week 5: Clouds and precipitation
Weeks 6-7: Vertical profiles through the atmosphere: physics, stability, thunderstorms
Weeks 8-9: Atmospheric radiation, surface energy balance, rainbows
Week 10: Air pollution, course review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  80
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 70%, Course Work: 30 %

Both coursework and the exam must be passed (i.e. a mark of 40% or above). There is no option to resit coursework in the summer, unless special circumstances are a factor.

Coursework is made up of three items, each worth 10%: (i) the mid-S1 assessment - this typically involves analysis and interpretation of some meteorological data - e.g., calculations, plotting graphs, writing something; (ii) the completed lab-book - with entries for each of the eight labs; (iii) the observations test.

The 2 hour exam is split into two sections: (A) 20 multiple choice questions, worth 40%; (B) 4 longer answer questions, choosing one question from each of four groups of two questions.
Feedback Taught Assessment Regulations:
All details related to extensions procedures and late penalties can be found in the School of GeoSciences General Information Handbook 2018-19
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Meteorology: Atmosphere and Environment2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use and evaluate numerical and graphical meteorlogical data , e.g., interpret weather maps in terms of local weather; plot and interpret vertical temperature and moisture soundings; observe, code and plot weather elements in standard format;
  2. Describe atmospheric composition and structure, including the layers of the atmosphere from the surface to 100 km, and be able to describe the basic processes occurring in the atmospheric boundary layer and recognise cloud types and describe their formation mechanisms
  3. Describe and explain the structure, physics and dynamics of thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail formation;
  4. Explain the basic physics of atmospheric processes, such as radiation at the surface, water in the atmosphere and its phase changes, and air masses and weather fronts;
  5. Synthesize and interpret meteorological data, including satellite imagery, and summarise in a professional way within an assignment.
Reading List
Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to Weather, J. Shonk
Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey (2nd Ed), J.M. Wallace and P.V. Hobbs
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Semester 1
Lectures: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10-10.50am
Practical classes: choose one of -
Mondays 2.10 - 3.40pm
Tuesdays 10 - 11.30am
Thursdays 2.10 - 15.40pm
KeywordsMet A&E
Course organiserDr David Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 6750
Course secretaryMrs Nicola Clark
Tel: (0131 6)50 4842
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