The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

Study facts

Course codeGEOF327
ECTS credits10
Teaching semesterSpring
Number of semesters1
Teaching language
English
Study levelPostgraduate Courses
Resources
Belongs toGeophysical Institute

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Forms of Assessment

Oral

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.