Undergraduate Course: Atmospheric Science Field Skills (METE10006)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Over 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.
Radiosondes and the tephigram;
Vertical structure of the atmosphere;
Flow over hills;
Surface energy balance;
Balloon wind profiling;
Atmospheric trajectory analysis.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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%)
||Study includes lectures, group work, demonstrations and use of equipment and preparation for individual presentations.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Prepare short-term weather forecasts, taking into account large-scale synoptic patterns and local effects.
- Plot and analyse data from weather balloons.
- Build up a picture of weather developments by studying analysis and forecast charts over a period of days.
- Understand the influence of surface energy fluxes on the atmospheric boundary layer.
- Present clear and concise details of forecast weather for the coming day and a broad outlook for further ahead.
|Ahrens, C.D, 2013. Meteorology Today (Brooks/Cole).|
Inness, P.M., and S. Dorling. Operational Weather
Shonk, J, 2013. Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to
the Weather (Dunedin).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Planning and conducting team work;
Collecting, analysing and presenting data;
Working to short deadlines.
|Keywords||meteorology,atmospheric measurements,weather forecasting
|Course organiser||Dr Richard Essery
|Course secretary||Miss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430