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PH3006 - Oceanography and Meteorology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This course is divided equally into Meteorology and Oceanography. Topics in meteorology include the atmospheric environment - composition, vertical structure, radiative transfer, solar energy budget, enhanced greenhouse effect - simple global models, predictions for the future, atmospheric thermodynamics and humidity, thermodynamic diagrams, lapse rate and stability, surface boundary layer, turbulence balance equations, turbulent transport equations, vertical wind profile, logarithmic wind profile, friction velocity and roughness length, computation of vertical fluxes in the surface boundary layer. Topics in Oceanography include: properties of seawater, stability, diffusion, waves

Learning Outcomes

  • solve mathematical and numerical problems in atmospheric thermodynamics, dynamic meteorology and physical oceanography related to the theoretical concepts;
  • employ sensors and integrate data measurements from an oceanographic field trip around Cleveland Bay;
  • communicate experimental physics data, results, and analysis using written analysis to detail experimental observations.
Prerequisites: MA2000 and PH2019


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Daniel Kosov
Lecturers: Dr James Whinney, Dr Rachael Macdonald, Assoc. Professor Daniel Kosov, Assoc. Professor Scott Heron.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 40 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); assignments and laboratory (35%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.