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PH5012 - Meteorology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available only with permission of subject coordinator.

Midlatitude systems observed structure of midlatitude synoptic systems; diagnostic equations, numerical predictions; idealised model of a developing baroclinic system; baroclinic instability and cyclogenesis; frontal systems and surfaces of discontinuity.Tropical Systems observed structure of large scale tropical systems; convection; origin of tropical disturbances; Tropical cyclones-structure, life cycle and models.General Circulation thermally driven circulation, the tropical monsoon; global energy and momentum; the energy cycle, global thermodynamics.

Learning Outcomes

  • to obtain a fundamental understanding of the physical processes controlling the behaviour of the lower atmosphere in general and factors influencing the weather in particular.

Subject Assessment

  • a combination of examination, takehome research or coding assignments and oral presentation.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Workload expectations:

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

  • 25 hours lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

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