2019 Introduction to Atmospheric Urban Environment

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Okaze Tsubasa 
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Course description and aims

Students learn methods for solving a variety of problems with atmospheric and wind flow related to local atmospheric cycles and cities, while preserving human safety, functionality, and convenience.

Student learning outcomes

In this course, students use observations and simulation technology as well as knowledge in fluid mechanics to examine the disaster conditions from an urban scale to the scale of individual buildings and structures subject to various natural disturbances in the atmosphere. Students will learn methods for elucidating the mechanisms of and proposing responses to urban disasters and house collapse from local wind gusts and torrential rain caused by instability in the atmosphere, as well as environmental issues such as diffusion and heat.


atmospheric flows, local circulatio, atmospheric observation, atmospheric simulation, disaster risk

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

The instructor provides handouts.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Characteristics of atmospheric flows Understand the mechanism of atmospheric flows
Class 2 Atmospheric local circulation in cities Grasp the aspects of atmospheric local circulation in cities.
Class 3 Environmental problems in the atmosphere Grasp environmental problems in the atmosphere.
Class 4 Observational techniques on the atmosphere Understand the observational technique on the atmosphere.
Class 5 Simulation techniques on the atmosphere Understand the simulation technique on the atmosphere.
Class 6 Urban disaster on the atmosphere Grasp urban disaster on the atmosphere.
Class 7 Mitigation of disaster risk Understand the mitigation method for disaster risk.
Class 8 How to construct the strong city configuration for disaster Consider the storng city configuration for disaster.


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Evaluate by the report.

Related courses

  • UDE.E504 : Applied Atmospheric Urban Environment
  • UDE.E406 : Introduction to Environmental Turbulence
  • UDE.E507 : Applied Environmental Turbulence

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