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Field Course in Meteorology

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOF322
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish, Norwegian if only Norwegian students.
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Level of Study

Master

Full-time/Part-time

Full-time

Semester of Instruction

Spring. The course only runs if enough students enrol.

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

Objectives

The course aims to provide general understanding of small scale processes relevant for the atmospheric boundary layer with focus on the local scale and the related basic modern meteorological instrumentation and measurement methods.

Content

The course consists of lectures on selected topics and a series of different practical tasks. The students will be trained via practical exercises in all skills required for planning and realization of experimental field work, including sensor calibration and handling and storage of data. In the theory part the effects of surface characteristics and vegetation on the energy and momentum transfer into the boundary layer are discussed. Particular focus will be on the characteristics of ground heat flux and evaporation processes. Various methods for the determination of the turbulent fluxes of heat, moisture and momentum are introduced and will be later applied by the students on a data set gained from a field campaign as part of the course.

In the practical tasks the students will learn about quality control and calibration of different meteorological instruments, and the practical issues related to the planning, preparation and realization of a field experiment. They will be trained in the set-up and operation of a state-of-the-art automatic weather station and will also participate in a short field campaign, measuring different meteorological parameters in the boundary layer. During that part of the course, the students are responsible for documenting the activities, analyzing the results and writing a final report.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student

- knows about the construction of numerical weather prediction and climate models

- knows about the history of numerical weather prediction and climate modelling

- knows common parameterisation schemes for the calculation of turbulent fluxes, cloud properties and moist convection

- knows the concepts of data assimilation, predictability and ensemble forecasting

- knows the numerical, computational and conceptual limitations of numerical weather prediction models

- know the procedures and challenges of operational forecasting

Skills

The student

- can assess uncertainties of weather forecasts

- can relate model uncertainties to relevant atmospheric processes

- can display and analyse numerical weather prediction model output using different software products and programming languages

- can apply common forecast verification methods

- can interpret results from deterministic and ensemble prediction systems

General competence

The student

- is able to prepare basic short and medium-range weather forecasts

- is able to analyse and discuss strategies for improving a forecasting system

- is able to evaluate strategies for numerical weather prediction in an operational context

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics (named Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography until Fall 2017), in addition to principles of chemical oceanography.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOF220 in addition to GEOF311 or GEOF310, or equivalent courses.

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a master¿s programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures on selected topics.
If possible, visits to companies producing meteorological instrumentation.

Preparations to field campaign, including quality control and calibration of measuring instrumentation. Planning and implementation of a field campaign, including data handling, discussions of the results and writing of a joint report.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures on selected topics.
If possible, visits to companies producing meteorological instrumentation.

Preparations to field campaign, including quality control and calibration of measuring instrumentation. Planning and implementation of a field campaign, including data handling, discussions of the results and writing of a joint report.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved exercises and report.
(Only valid for the semester with teaching).

Forms of Assessment

Approved participation and report.

Examination Support Material

none

Grading Scale

Pass/ fail

Subject Overlap

None

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Det matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet v/ Geofysisk institutt har det administrative ansvaret for emnet og studieprogrammet

Department

Geophysical Institute

Contact

Contact Information

Studierettleiar kan kontaktast her:

studieveileder@gfi.uib.no

Tlf 55 58 26 04

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Approved journal

    Withdrawal deadline
    01.05.2018