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Semester 1

Atmospheric Physics (METE10002)







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Course Summary

Atmospheric thermodynamics and dynamics are initially reviewed, then the spatial and temporal structure of the atmospheric boundary layer is studied, beginning with a dry convective layer and then considering a cloud-topped layer. The second half of the course considers the physics of atmospheric aerosols, in particular how aerosols are involved in the formation of clouds, how aerosols and clouds interact with radiation, how aerosols affect climate, and how aerosols act as air pollutants.

Course Description

Weeks 1-5: The atmospheric boundary layer: turbulence and weather Weeks 6-10: Cloud and aerosol physics: micro-scales to global climate

Assessment Information

Written Exam 80%, Coursework 20%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

Written Exam: 80%, Course Work: 20 %, Practical Exam: 0%. The two summative tutorial question sheets are worth 10% each. The exam involves choosing two questions from three. Assessment Deadlines Tutorial 2: 12 noon Monday Week 7. Submit online via Turnitin Tutorial 4: 12 noon Tuesday Week 10. Submit online via Turnitin

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