Atmospheric Observations


The module encompasses all aspects of observing the atmosphere through direct and indirect measurements/observations.

There are three main components to the module:

  • Conventional in-situ measurements
  • Field observations
  • Remote sensing methods (satellite and ground-based)

By completing the module, students will gain knowledge of:

  • Meteorological instrumentation and observations
  • Appreciation of observation accuracies and requirements
  • Interpretation of meteorological data
  • Understanding of satellite systems and subsequent observations
  • Knowledge of applications of satellite data sets


  • 16 Hours of Lectures
  • 2 Hour Student Led Seminar
  • Field visits and fieldwork over Reading Week


  • 33% Fieldwork: Group observations will be taken during reading week which will form the basis of assessed presentations in week 8
  • 67% Examination. There will be two sections corresponding to Part A (Short Questions) and Part B (Long Questions). Based on theory taught in lectures and additional reading from the reading list

Key skills

  • Fieldwork skills collecting meteorological data
  • Presentation skills