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Meteorology: Atmosphere and Environment (METE08001)







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Course Summary

An introduction to the physical processes occurring in the Earth's atmosphere. Interpretation of weather maps and satellite images, cloud types and formation, atmospheric structure, thermodynamic processes, rain formation, solar and terrestrial radiation, energy balance at the surface, cumulus and cumulonimbus convection, and air pollution.

Course Description

Syllabus Week 1: Overview, introduction to weather maps and satellite imagery Weeks 2-3: Atmospheric structure, meteorological observations, interpreting charts Week 4: Air masses and weather fronts Week 5: Clouds and precipitation Weeks 6-7: Vertical profiles through the atmosphere: physics, stability, thunderstorms Weeks 8-9: Atmospheric radiation, surface energy balance, rainbows Week 10: Air pollution, course review Further course information can be found at the following links:

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

Written Exam: 50%, Course Work: 50 %, Practical Exam: 0% (NB there is an Observations Test, which is essentially a practical exam, but this is included as 10% within the Course Work component).Both coursework and the exam must be passed (i.e. a mark of 40% or above). There is no option to re-sit coursework in the summer, unless special circumstances are a factor. Students that fail coursework will need to carry this component into their next academic year, and resit it then, if approved by Senior Tutor. Coursework is made up of four items, three that are each worth 10%: (i) the mid-S1 assessment - this typically involves analysis and interpretation of some meteorological data - e.g., calculations, plotting graphs, writing something; (ii) the completed lab-book - with entries for each of the eight labs; (iii) the observations test. The fourth item of coursework comprises five bi-weekly quizzes, each worth 4%, and each made up of 10 multiple choice questions drawn from a bank of questions (so each student will get a different set of questions). The quizzes will be released at the ends of Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, and will cover material from the previous two weeks. Students will have 1 hour to complete each quiz, once started, and will need to complete it within one week of the release date. The 2 hour exam has one section, with students answering four questions, choosing one question from each of four groups of two questions. The exam format has changed from earlier exams, with no multiple choice questions (old Section A). The new format is the same as the old Section B, so students can still use past papers as a guide of what to expect. Further assessment and feedback information can be found at the following links: Taught Assessment Regulations: All details related to extensions procedures and late penalties can be found in the School of Geosciences Handbook, which can be found on the Learn UG Student Information Hub or by contacting your School Student Support Team.Assessment Deadlines Quiz 1: Complete by 12noon Monday Week 4 (release 12 noon Friday Week 2) Quiz 2: Complete by 12noon Monday Week 6 (release 12 noon Friday Week 4) Quiz 3: Complete by 12noon Monday Week 8 (release 12 noon Friday Week 6) Quiz 4: Complete by 12noon Monday Week 10 (release 12 noon Friday Week 8) Quiz 5: Complete by 12noon Monday Week 12 (release 12 noon Friday Week 10) Assignment: 12 noon Monday Week 7 (submit via Turnitin) N.B. Extensions for quizzes will be restricted to 3 days only. Observations Test: Week 10 lab - NO EXTENSIONS PERMITTED Lab book: 12 noon Monday Week 11

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