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Undergraduate Course: Atmospheric Science Field Skills (METE10006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryOver the course of a focussed week, students will gain experience of meteorological measurements and weather forecasting. The student learning experience will be enhanced by putting into practice theory learnt in second year meteorology courses and by providing an introduction to concepts that will be examined in more detail in Honours meteorology courses.
Course description Weather forecasting;
Radiosondes and the tephigram;
Vertical structure of the atmosphere;
Flow over hills;
Surface energy balance;
Balloon wind profiling;
Atmospheric trajectory analysis.

Further Course Information
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Meteorology: Atmosphere and Environment (METE08001) AND ( Meteorology: Weather and Climate (METE08002) OR Algebra and Calculus (PHYS08041) OR Linear Algebra and Several Variable Calculus (PHYS08042))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Petroleum Systems (EASC10108)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  11
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Fieldwork Hours 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 51 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment Details
Course work done in class (33%)
Assignment exercises submitted after the end of the course (67%)
Assessment Deadlines
Course work submitted by 12 noon Monday Week 1 online via Learn
Assignment exercises submitted by 12 noon Monday Week 3 online via Learn
Feedback Study includes lectures, group work, demonstrations and use of equipment and preparation for individual presentations.
Examples of feedback can be found here:
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Prepare short-term weather forecasts, taking into account large-scale synoptic patterns and local effects.
  2. Plot and analyse data from weather balloons.
  3. Build up a picture of weather developments by studying analysis and forecast charts over a period of days.
  4. Understand the influence of surface energy fluxes on the atmospheric boundary layer.
  5. Present clear and concise details of forecast weather for the coming day and a broad outlook for further ahead.
Reading List
Ahrens, C.D, 2013. Meteorology Today (Brooks/Cole).
Inness, P.M., and S. Dorling. Operational Weather Forecasting (Wiley).
Shonk, J, 2013. Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to the Weather (Dunedin).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Planning and conducting team work;
Collecting, analysing and presenting data;
Working to short deadlines.
Keywordsmeteorology,atmospheric measurements,weather forecasting
Course organiserDr Richard Essery
Course secretaryMr Johan De Klerk
Tel: (0131 6)50 7010
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