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Undergraduate Course: Atmospheric Science Field Skills (METE10006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryOver 6 days in and around the Lochranza field studies centre on Arran, students will gain experience of meteorological measurements and weather forecasting. The student learning experience will be enhanced by putting into practice theory learnt in 2nd year meteorology courses and by providing an introduction to concepts that will be examined in more detail in Honours meteorology courses.
Course description Weather forecasting;
Radiosondes and the tephigram;
Vertical structure of the atmosphere;
Flow over hills;
Surface energy balance;
Balloon wind profiling;
Atmospheric trajectory analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Meteorology: Atmosphere and Environment (METE08001) AND ( Meteorology: Weather and Climate (METE08002) OR Algebra and Calculus (PHYS08041) OR Linear Algebra and Several Variable Calculus (PHYS08042))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Petroleum Systems (EASC10108)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs Approximately 300 towards field course travel and accommodation. Costs will be reviewed on a yearly basis and are subject to change. Please be aware that students who are taking this course as an elective will pay full price and not the subsidised fee advertised. Field course locations may change for a variety of reasons, including security risks, increased costs or inability to access field locations. Any changes to the main destination of the field course will be announced as soon as possible.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Fieldwork Hours 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 51 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%, Exam, 0%, Practical Exam 0%.

Field and lab performance during course (33%)
Field notebooks submitted at end of course (67%)
Feedback Study includes lectures, group work, demonstrations and use of equipment and preparation for individual presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Prepare short-term weather forecasts, taking into account large-scale synoptic patterns and local effects.
  2. Plot and analyse data from weather balloons.
  3. Build up a picture of weather developments by studying analysis and forecast charts over a period of days.
  4. Understand the influence of surface energy fluxes on the atmospheric boundary layer.
  5. Present clear and concise details of forecast weather for the coming day and a broad outlook for further ahead.
Reading List
Ahrens, C.D, 2013. Meteorology Today (Brooks/Cole).

Inness, P.M., and S. Dorling. Operational Weather
Forecasting (Wiley).

Shonk, J, 2013. Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to
the Weather (Dunedin).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Planning and conducting team work;
Collecting, analysing and presenting data;
Working to short deadlines.
Keywordsmeteorology,atmospheric measurements,weather forecasting
Course organiserDr Richard Essery
Course secretaryMiss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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