Atmospheric Environment Processes

Subject 625-228 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures (two hours per week); 36 hours of practical work (three hours per week). Some practical work may be computer-based and take place at times decided by the students
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Earth sciences 625-227.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Formerly available as 625-226. Students who have passed 625-226 may not enrol for this subject.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr T Lane
Subject Overview:

The subject addresses the fundamental processes and variables of atmospheric thermodynamics, stability and energetics and shows how these influence regional meteorological processes.

Topics include fundamental atmospheric properties; observational methods; equations of motion and state, conservation of mass and energy; dry and moist thermodynamics; clouds and precipitation; air quality and air pollution; surface energy exchanges; boundary layer physics; and mesoscale processes.

On completion of this subject, students should comprehend the fundamental processes of atmospheric thermodynamics, stability and energetics; and understand how these influence regional scale meteorological processes.

Assessment: Practical work/problem sheets totalling not more than 3500 words due during the semester (50%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (50%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

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