2019 Introduction to Meteorology

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Kanda Manabu 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon3-4(S621)  Thr3-4(S621)  
Group
-
Course number
TSE.A315
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/5
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

The purpose of this class is to learn fundamental meteorology from global to regional scales and its practical use in various science and engineering fields, thereby providing the intellectual basis for tackling global warming and/or urban heat island effects.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:
(1) Obtain the intellectual basis to examine global climate changes by understanding the mechanism of global wind, heat and water circulations
(2) Obtain the intellectual basis to examine regional climate changes by understanding the mechanism of regional wind, heat and water circulations

Keywords

Wind, temperature and water circulations from global to regional scales: Meteorology over various land surfaces: Human and Climate

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 topics offered are not comprehensive but intended for wide and practical use in interdisciplinary fields. The lecture highlights the mechanism and physical background of interesting meteorological phenomena. Several exercises will contribute to deepen the understanding the physics.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Explain the new system binding video and real lectures, and understand the goal of this class.
Class 2 Global surface temperature - video lecture Understand the mechanism of the globe surface temperature with radiative equilibrium and greenhouse gas effect.
Class 3 Global surface temperature - discussion surface temperature with radiative equilibrium and greenhouse gas effect.
Class 4 Global atmospheric and water circulation - video lecture Understand the mechanism of global atmospheric circulation including the Hadley circulation and the Westerlies with baroclinic instability
Class 5 Global atmospheric and water circulation - discussion Understand the mechanism of global water circulation. Where and how much water exist on the globe? How frequently does the existing water exchange?
Class 6 Vertical profile of the atmosphere - video lecture Learn the vertical profile of the temperature, pressure and density within the troposphere, and understand the concept of potential temperature.
Class 7 Atmsopheric stability of dry air - discussion Understand the atmospheric stability of dry air using adiabatic laps rate and potential temperature gradient.
Class 8 Review the former half of the class and the mid-term examination Review important concepts learned in the former half of the class and confirm achievement by the mid-term examination
Class 9 Atmsopheric stability of moist air - video lecture Understand the atmospheric stability of moist air using the concepts of latent instability and/or convective instability.
Class 10 Extension of the concept of stability of moist air - discussion Learn the life cycle of cumulus cloud, its deformation due to wind shear, and organized squall line
Class 11 Atmospheric boundary layer - video lecture The troposphere can be divided into the atmospheric boundary layer below adjacent to the surface and free atmosphere above. Learn the difference of physics between these two layers
Class 12 Extension of the concept of atmospheric boundary layer - discussion Learn the extended concept of atmospheric boundary layer; local circulations including see-land breezes and katabatic-anabatic winds, and understand their influence on the regional climate.
Class 13 Surface energy balance - video lecture Understand the concept of surface energy balance with relevant land surface parameters.
Class 14 Surface energy balance of various surfaces - discussion Understand the characteristics of energy balance over various land surface
Class 15 Review and final examination eview important concepts learned in the former half of the class and confirm achievement by the final examination

Textbook(s)

Nothing

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nothing

Assessment criteria and methods

mid-term examination(40%)
exercise (20%)
term-end examination(40%)

Related courses

  • nothing

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Nothing

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