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12 weeks starting 2 March

Fridays 9 am - 12 noon, Room 115

This course aims to introduce the student to processes of atmosphere-ocean interaction, their importance in the climate system and its variability, with a particular emphasis on tropical meteorology. Specific topics will include: wind and buoyancy driven ocean circulation, atmospheric convection, atmospheric and oceanic wave phenomena, SST and atmospheric circulation, El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), decadal to centennial scale variability and large scale modelling.

This course will run from the 26 June - 7 July 2017. The first meeting of the module will be at 10am, Monday June 26, in the 4th floor meeting room (room 409) of the School of Earth Sciences, corner of Swanston and Elgin Sts. Lectures will be daily from 10am to 12:30 pm, with pracs from 2pm to 4:30 pm.

There will be some prac assignments that are due by July 7, plus a reading assignment and presentation that will be due by July 28. The presentations will be at a time and location to be arranged. 

Pre-reading: this is a module in current topics in atmospheric science, so readings will largely be taken from the current literature. However, the online text book on tropical meteorology at MetEd provides some useful background for this module. You will need to create a free account at MetEd before you can access this text.

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Location:  University of Melbourne - Parkville

The course introduces students to the philosophy and techniques of the quantitative analysis of weather and climate data, and modelling the large-scale atmospheric system. Among the topics to be covered are the maintenance of the general circulation of the atmosphere, a discussion of the global energy balance and momentum balance, and the role of baroclinic eddies and the meridional circulation. The subject will also cover the growth of error in numerical models and its implications for predictability and climate simulation, as well as an introduction to the structure of General Circulation Models (GCMs) and an appraisal of their simulations of climate. Other parts will include an examination of the philosophy of the design and implementation of climate sensitivity experiments with GCMs. Also covered will be an introduction to the statistical foundations for the analysis of observed and simulated data (including spectral methods, Principal Component Analysis, Monte-Carlo testing, non-parametric tests, trend analysis, the t-test). Other topics to be covered will include the climatology of ozone and the ozone hole, and the mechanics and variability of the ‘semi-annual oscillation’ and the ‘southern annular mode’ and the relevance of these to climate change.

Formal lectures presented 10am - 2 pm on the following days:

Tuesdays   7, 14, 21, 28 March, 4, 11 April 2017

The afternoons on these days will be given over to exercises related to the material covered in the morning

 A seventh day (Tuesday 23 May 2017) will be given over to student presentations

 (All these activities will take place in Room 409 of the Earth Sciences building)


Written assignments totalling 3,000 words (70%) and a 15 minute presentation (30%). Assessment is due within six weeks of the completion of intensive lecture modules.

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This course is designed to give students a conceptual and theoretical understanding of atmospheric deep moist convection (DMC); in particular, the structure and dynamics of severe thunderstorms (e.g., supercells) and their associated mesoscale phenomena.   

Tentative list of topics, in no particular order:

  •           Review of dry and moist thermodynamics
  •       Buoyancy
  •           Boussinesq and anelastic approximations
  •           Pressure perturbations
  •           Parcel theory
  •           Thermodynamic diagrams and hodographs
  •           Local convection and “global” convection
  •           Initiation of deep moist convection
  •           Organised isolated convection
  •           Supercells and tornadoes
  •           Meoscale convective systems
  •           Hazards associated with deep moist convection
  •           Forecasting severe storms

The course will run over 10 weeks, starting March 2 

Thursdays 10-11am: Lab* ("journal club" style), Room 236

Thursdays 1-3pm: Lecture, Room 115

*note, the first Lab will be Week 2 (i.e., March 9)


Th  The rooms listed above are on the 1st and 2nd floors of the EAE/ Maths building, 9 Rainforest Walk, Monash University, Clayton Campus