2021 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    (ZOOM)
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon3-4(M112)  Thr3-4(S621)  
Group
-
Course number
TSE.A315
Credits
2
Academic year
2021
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2021/4/6
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

Competencies that will be developed

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

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 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 Surface energy balance - video lecture Understand the concept of surface energy balance with relevant land surface parameters.
Class 13 Surface energy balance of various surfaces - discussion Understand the characteristics of energy balance over various land surface
Class 14 Presentation of final report Present final reports and reviwe the topics learned

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

Nothing

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nothing

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise in Video
Exercise in Lecture
Term-end Subject

Related courses

  • nothing

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

Nothing

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