CIE4706: Introduction into Meteorology (Winter/Spring 2017, 2018)

This class is designed for first-year Master students of the Environmental Engineering track with no background in atmospheric sciences, and focuses on an introduction into atmospheric phenomena that define weather and climate in different regions on Earth. An emphasis is given to using basic equations and observations (radiosonde balloons, ground-based and space-borne remote sensing) to study the temperature, moisture and wind structure of the atmosphere and patterns of cloudiness and precipitation.

After following this class, students can:
  • name Earth's important climate zones and associated weather and clouds, and explain the origin of large-scale phenomena on Earth, including convective cloud systems, frontal/storm systems, the Hadley/Walker circulations, and ENSO;
  • explain which atmospheric processes influence the thermodynamic structure of the atmosphere (including radiation and convection) and the patterns of horizontal wind;
  • apply the equation of state and Clausius-Clapeyron to calculate thermodynamic variables; and hydrostatic balance, angular momentum conservation and the equations of motion on a rotating sphere to calculate winds;
  • perform simple visualisations of radiosonde and remote sensing observations, and use these to infer the atmospheric state and presence of convection and clouds.