The General Circulation of the Atmosphere
Objectives and Content
The course gives the theoretical foundation for large scale flow and energy cycle of the atmosphere. The description of the general circulation of the atmosphere includes the angular momentum budget, zonal mean circulation and large-scale energy transformations. Theories on atmospheric waves in the tropics and extratropics will be covered and theories on selected large scale phenomena such as monsoons, ENSO and the Hadley cell are reviewed.
Semester of Instruction
Spring, even numbered years. The course only runs if enough students enrol.
After completing GEOF327 the student should be able to:
- explain the main large scale circulation phenomena in the atmosphere and understand their mathematical formulation
- explain the fundamental physical mechanisms behind the large scale circulation
- use the mathematical framework in analysis of numerical simulations with weather and climate models
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, or equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
GEOF 326 Dynamics of the Atmosphere, GEOF 328 Mesoscale Dynamics
Forms of Assessment
Oral. No auxiliary allowed for the exam.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.