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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