Applied Micrometeorology

Description

This module will provide students with an understanding of:

  • The principles of meteorology at small scales (metres to kilometres)
  • The meteorological processes near the earth's surface (e.g., over a range of different surfaces/environments) associated with the exchange of heat, mass and momentum
  • Transport and dispersion of pollutants in the atmospheric boundary layer

Delivery

  • Lectures: 18 hours
  • Computer practicals: 8 hours
  • Visit meteorological station: 1 hour
  • Project workshop: 2 hours
  • Revision: 1 hour

Assessment

One 3000-word practical project (50%):

Choose 1 out of of 6 projects to write a scientific report in the style of an international journal paper, which includes:

  • Abstract
  • Literature review
  • Methods
  • Data analysis
  • Interpretation and discussions of results
  • Conclusion
  • References

All the projects involve analysis of real data (meteorology and/or air quality) with reference to micro-meteorological processes.

1.5-hour exam paper (50%):

  • Section A (20 marks): short answers to 2 concepts (10 mark each) out of 4 choices.
  • Section B (20 marks): long answer to 1 question (out of 2 choices) in the topic of “Measurement and evaluation of energy fluxes in the surface layer”
  • Section C (60 marks): 2 questions (30 marks each) in mini-essay style in other topics (out of 4 choices)

Key skills

  • Data collection (primary and secondary sources)
  • Data processing
  • Critical reading and independent literature searching
  • Project design
  • Analytical skills
  • Report writing