Time: 11 - 22 July 2022

Location: on campus (Parkville)

Lecturer: Prof Todd Lane, tplane@unimelb.edu.au

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The aim of this subject is to explore processes governing convection in the atmosphere, with a particular emphasis on severe convective storms and tropical cyclones. Specific topics covered include buoyancy, local convection, cellular convection, stability, severe storms - including supercell storms and squall lines, tornadoes, and tropical cyclones.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the detailed mechanisms governing the formation of convective clouds and storms on a range of spatial and temporal scales.
  • Understand, explain and summarize advanced theories of moist convection, mesoscale dynamics, and gravity waves.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the analysis and visualisation of computational and observational data to study storm dynamics.
  • Apply advanced knowledge to interpret data from storm-scale computational models
  • Evaluate and criticise areas of active research on the topics of convection and storms and identify disputed theories and gaps in knowledge

Generic skills

  • Exercise critical judgement;
  • undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
  • develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills.