Physics 2A: Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics - ZPEM2506

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZPEM2506 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 5

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisites: ZPEM1301 or ZPEM1303, ZPEM1302 or ZPEM1304, ZPEM1501, ZPEM1402 or ZPEM1502.

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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In this course we investigate the fundamentals of atmospheric physics and meteorology. Topics covered include: hydrostatic balance and the vertical structure of the atmosphere; altimetry; thermodynamics of dry and moist air; stability; cloud formation and precipitation; geostrophic, gradient and ageostrophic balances; winds; synoptic scale weather systems, air masses and fronts; radiation and the general circulation of the atmosphere; boundary layer processes. Material will be illustrated with applications from areas such as aviation, the marine and land environments, and our everyday experience of weather. The course includes a laboratory program relating to, and supplementing the lecture material.

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