Practical Meteorology and Oceanography
Semester of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course provides a practical introduction to measuring physical properties of the atmosphere and ocean, such as winds, currents, temperatures, precipitation, density and salinity. The purpose is to become familiar with the current standard instrumentation, error sources, data handling, quality control, interpretation, and with ongoing developments in observation methods and operational observing systems. The students work in small groups which focus on a specific set of instrumentation or data. All students focus on data acquisition during a common observation period.. Data are obtained from deploying instrumentation in the field, during a cruise, or from existing networks or remote-sensing instrumentation, depending on the interest of the students. In a final meeting the student groups present their work to each other and discuss the interrelation of processes in the ocean-atmosphere system, and place the measurements in context.
After completing the course GEOF232 the student will be able to:
- understand the measurement principles of standard atmospheric and oceanographic instrumentation
- describe the error sources of such measurements
- display different measurements correctly and informatively
- analyse data with respect to diurnal and longer-term variability
- understand the limitations of present operational observing systems and their development
- discuss the measurements in relation to processes in the coupled ocean-atmosphere system
Required Previous Knowledge
GEOF105 or equivalent, that is basic background in Meteorology, Oceanography and Dynamics.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
GEOF210 or equivalent
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Regular attendance to lectures. Participation in field work and visits to observing centers and instrument developers. Regular attendance to group meetings. Presentation in final meeting. Contribution to written report. (Valid only in the semester the mandatory activities have been approved.)
Forms of Assessment
Evaluation of writtenfinal report, including oral presentation.
Spring, only in semesters when the course is taugth.
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