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Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Level of Study

Bachelor

Full-time/Part-time

Full-time.

Teaching semester

Autumn.

Objectives and Content

The purpose of the course is to cover basic properties in meteorology and physical oceanography in a quantitative way. A central part is on exchanges between ocean and amosphere, which are an important part of the physical climate system. For the ocean the effect of wind in terms of Ekman-layer and Ekman-transport is covered, as well as geostrophic balance, simple mixing processes and the effects of vortices, tidal forces, wave equations and the global circulation. For the atmosphere, emphasis is on basic thermodynamics, cloud physics, and the principles of radiation and feedbacks. As part of the course students participate in a cruise with both oceanographic and meteorological field-work. Students also conduct laboratory experiments and learn to use typical measurement instruments and the interpretation of operational weather observations.

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 the terminology for key processes in ocean and atmosphere physics

- knows basic principles of atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation, microphysics and dynamics

- knows the basic models for ocean circulation like estuarine circulation and Ekman transport

- understands geostrophic circulation as a basic balance between pressure gradient force and coriolis both for the ocean and atmosphere

- knows the different instuments used in ocanography and meteorology as well as the typical sources of error

- knows the connections between different processes in weather systems

- knows about turbulent and molecular mixing processes in the ocean

- knows about the fluxes of heat, momentum and mass in and between the ocean and the atmosphere

Skills

The student

- can interpret atmospheric observations from weather stations, radiosondes, weather radar and satellites

- can use software for analyzing current and predicted weather situations

- can classify and calculate properties for different types of ocean waves

- can explain physical processes generating tides and changes in sea level

- can calculate properties, fluxes and estimate processes in the ocean and atmosphere using equations

- can perform meteorological and oceanographic observations in the field and in the laboratory

- can use programming tools for analyzing and visualizing data as graphs

General competence

The student

- is able to describe, analyze and report observations from laboratory experiments

- is able to plan and perform simple field experiments under supervsion

- is able to present results from group work as written report and oral talk

Required Previous Knowledge

None

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MAT111, GEOF100, MAT112, MAT121, MAT131, PHYS111, INF100

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

GEOF120 5 ETCS, GEOF130 5 ETCS

Access to the Course

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

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching will be given as lectures, cruise, laboratory experiements, exercises and seminars.

The students write a cruise report and give a presentation. There are 6 exercises and 3 laboratory experiements.

Activity: 4 hours lectures and 2 hours laboratory work or exercises each week/15 weeks.

Cruise: One day.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in planning the cruise, participation for cruise, approved cruise-report and presentation.

It is mandatory to participate in 3 lab-experiments.

It is mandatory to submit one laboratory report and one weather report.

Valid for four semesters: The semester mandatory activities have been approved and the three following semesters.

Forms of Assessment

The two mandatory reports each count 15 per cent, and the 5 hours final written exam counts 70 per cent of the final grade.

Examination Support Material

Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations

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.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

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.

Contact

Contact Information

Studierettleiar kan kontaktast her: studieveileder@gfi.uib.no.

Tlf 55 58 26 04

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    17.12.2018, 09:00
    Duration
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    03.12.2018
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam