Practical Meteorology and Oceanography
Level of Study
Spring, the course will only be taught if enough students enrol.
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.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- knows the measurement principles of standard atmospheric instrumentation for pressure, air temperature, humidity, wind and precipitation
- knows the measurement principles of standard oceanographic instrumentation for temperature, salinity and ocean currents
- knows the relevance of choosing a representative measurement location
- knows the main error sources and typical accuracies of atmospheric and oceanographic instrumentation
- knows the development and limitations of present operational observing systems
- can evaluate the representativeness of a weather station site for different atmospheric variables
- can work with the acquisition, processing and interpretation of own measurement data
- can display measurement data correctly and informatively for scientific interpretation
- can synthesize data from various sensors and locations
- can document measurement procedures and results in a jointly written report
- is able to develop hypotheses and measurement strategies for field work in meteorology and oceanography
- is able to work individually and collaboratively in a group on a self-defined problem
- is able to present and discuss own measurement results in relation to processes in the coupled ocean-atmosphere system, both written and orally
Required Previous Knowledge
GEOF105 or equivalent, that is basic background in Meteorology, Oceanography and Dynamics.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
GEOF210 or equivalent
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
GEOF231: 5 ECTS
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
Introductory lectures (4 hours per week for 2 weeks)
Planning and group meetings (2 hours per week)
Meteorology fieldwork (setup, maintenance, dismounting) and/or cruise
Visits to companies and government institutions involved in operational observations or instrument development
Independent group work with one group meeting per week
Final mini-conference with individual presentations
Completion of report for evaluation
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Participation in preparation for field work/cruise, participation in field work/cruise. Attendance to group meetings. Presentation in mini-conference. Contribution to written report.
Compulsory assignments are valid only for the semester they have been approved.
Forms of Assessment
Evaluation of writtenfinal report, including oral presentation.
Examination Support Material
Spring, only in semesters when the course is taugth.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
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