Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To show how the troposphere 'works'. By the end, you should appreciate how, with only very simple ideas from mechanics and thermodynamics, one can explain most of what we call 'weather'.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should: be able to describe the structure and composition of the earth's atmosphere and how it developed; appreciate how motion in the troposphere is driven by the (differential) heating of the earth by the sun; understand how the troposphere transfers heat and matter by convection-generated flows and the effect on these flows of the earth's rotation; understand the mechanisms that lead to precipitation; be aware of the influence of human activity on the atmosphere and climate.

Timetabled teaching activities

15 Lectures + examples sheets

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Other essential notes

The diffusion, convection, chemical reactions and the interaction with living organisms, which take place in or at the boundaries of the atmosphere, determine the weather patterns we observe. The module looks at some of these processes. The module also treats the phenomenon of cloud-formation and the role of the earth's rotation in determining flow patterns in the atmosphere.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX350-7.5)
B (Examination only) Weather and the Environment (Summer) 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment visiting/exchange PART-YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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