Name | Prof. Dr. Heini Wernli |

Field | Atmosperic Dynamics |

Address | Institut für Atmosphäre und Klima ETH Zürich, CHN M 12.1 Universitätstrasse 16 8092 Zürich SWITZERLAND |

Telephone | +41 44 632 54 80 |

heini.wernli@env.ethz.ch | |

Department | Environmental Systems Science |

Relationship | Full Professor |

Number | Title | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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151-8007-00L | Urban Physics | 3 credits | 3G | J. Carmeliet, D. W. Brunner, A. Rubin, C. Schär, H. Wernli, J. M. Wunderli | |

Abstract | Urban physics: wind, wind comfort, pollutant dispersion, natural ventilation, driving rain, heat islands, climate change and weather conditions, urban acoustics and energy use in the urban context. | ||||

Learning objective | - Basic knowledge of the global climate and the local microclimate around buildings - Impact of urban environment on wind, ventilation, rain, pollutants, acoustics and energy, and their relation to comfort, durability, air quality and energy demand - Application of urban physics concepts in urban design | ||||

Content | - Climate Change. The Global Picture: global energy balance, global climate models, the IPCC process. Towards regional climate scenarios: role of spatial resolution, overview of approaches, hydrostatic RCMs, cloud-resolving RCMs - Urban micro climate and comfort: urban heat island effect, wind flow and radiation in the built environment, convective heat transport modelling, heat balance and ventilation of urban spaces - impact of morphology, outdoor wind comfort, outdoor thermal comfort, - Urban energy and urban design. Energy performance of building quarters and cities, decentralized urban energy production and storage technologies, district heating networks, optimization of energy consumption at district level, effect of the micro climate, urban heat islands, and climate change on the energy performance of buildings and building blocks. - Wind driving rain (WDR): WDR phenomena, WDR experimental and modeling, wind blocking effect, applications and moisture durability - Pollutant dispersion. pollutant cycle : emission, transport and deposition, air quality - Urban acoustics. noise propagation through the urban environment, meteorological effects, urban acoustic modeling, noise reduction measures, urban vegetation | ||||

Lecture notes | The course lectures and material are available on the Website for download (http://www.carmeliet.ethz.ch/teaching/documents--netz-account-.html). | ||||

Prerequisites / Notice | No prior knowledge is required. | ||||

651-4095-01L | Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 1 | 1 credit | 1K | H. Joos, C. Schär, D. N. Bresch, D. Domeisen, E. Fischer, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, S. I. Seneviratne, H. Wernli, M. Wild | |

Abstract | The colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions. | ||||

Learning objective | The students are exposed to different atmospheric science topics and learn how to take part in scientific discussions. | ||||

651-4095-02L | Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 2 | 1 credit | 1K | H. Joos, C. Schär, D. N. Bresch, D. Domeisen, E. Fischer, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, S. I. Seneviratne, H. Wernli, M. Wild | |

Abstract | The colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions. | ||||

Learning objective | The students are exposed to different atmospheric science topics and learn how to take part in scientific discussions. | ||||

651-4095-03L | Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 3 | 1 credit | 1K | H. Joos, C. Schär, D. N. Bresch, D. Domeisen, E. Fischer, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, S. I. Seneviratne, H. Wernli, M. Wild | |

Abstract | The colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions. | ||||

Learning objective | The students are exposed to different atmospheric science topics and learn how to take part in scientific discussions. | ||||

701-0071-AAL | Mathematics III: Systems AnalysisEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | 4 credits | 9R | R. Knutti, H. Wernli | |

Abstract | The objective of the systems analysis course is to deepen and illustrate the mathematical concepts on the basis of a series of very concrete examples. Topics covered include: linear box models with one or several variables, non-linear box models with one or several variables, time-discrete models, and continuous models in time and space. | ||||

Learning objective | Learning and applying of concepts (models) and quantitative methods to address concrete problems of environmental relevance. Understanding and applying the systems-analytic approach, i.e., Recognizing the core of the problem - simplification - quantitative approach - prediction. | ||||

Content | http://www.up.ethz.ch/education/systems-analysis.html | ||||

Lecture notes | Overhead slides will be made available through Ilias. | ||||

Literature | Imboden, D.S. and S. Pfenninger (2013) Introduction to Systems Analysis: Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-30639-6 | ||||

701-0071-00L | Mathematics III: Systems Analysis | 4 credits | 2V + 1U | R. Knutti, I. Medhaug, L. Papritz, H. Wernli | |

Abstract | The objective of the systems analysis course is to deepen and illustrate the mathematical concepts on the basis of a series of very concrete examples. Topics covered include: linear box models with one or several variables, non-linear box models with one or several variables, time-discrete models, and continuous models in time and space. | ||||

Learning objective | Learning and applying of concepts (models) and quantitative methods to address concrete problems of environmental relevance. Understanding and applying the systems-analytic approach, i.e., Recognizing the core of the problem - simplification - quantitative approach - prediction. | ||||

Content | https://iac.ethz.ch/edu/courses/bachelor/vorbereitung/systemanalyse.html | ||||

Lecture notes | Overhead slides will be made available through the course website. | ||||

Literature | Imboden, D.S. and S. Pfenninger (2013) Introduction to Systems Analysis: Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-30639-6 | ||||

701-0479-00L | Environmental Fluid Dynamics | 3 credits | 2G | H. Wernli, M. Röthlisberger | |

Abstract | This course covers the basic physical concepts and mathematical equations used to describe environmental fluid systems on the rotating Earth. Fundamental concepts (e.g. vorticity dynamics and waves) are formally introduced, applied quantitatively and illustrated using examples. Exercises help to deepen knowledge of the material. | ||||

Learning objective | Students are able - to name the bases, concepts and methods of environmental fluid dynamics. - to understand and discuss the components of the basic physical equations in fluid dynamics - to apply basic mathematical equations to simple problems of environmental fluid dynamics | ||||

Content | Basic physial terminology and mathematical laws: Continuum hypothesis, forces, constitutive laws, state equations and basic principles of thermodynamics, kinematics, laws of mass and momentum on rotating earth. Concepts and illustrative flow sytems: vorticity dynamics, boundary layers, instability, turbulence - with respect to environmental fluid systems. Scale analysis: dimensionles variables and dynamical similarity, simplification of the fluid system, e.g. shallow water assumption, geostrophic flow. Waves in environmental fluid systems. | ||||

Lecture notes | In english language | ||||

Literature | Will be presnted in class. See also: web-site. | ||||

701-1221-00L | Dynamics of Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow | 4 credits | 2V + 1U | H. Wernli, L. Papritz | |

Abstract | This lecture course is about the fundamental aspects of the dynamics of extratropical weather systems (quasi-geostropic dynamics, potential vorticity, Rossby waves, baroclinic instability). The fundamental concepts are formally introduced, quantitatively applied and illustrated with examples from the real atmosphere. Exercises (quantitative and qualitative) form an essential part of the course. | ||||

Learning objective | Understanding the dynamics of large-scale atmospheric flow | ||||

Content | Dynamical Meteorology is concerned with the dynamical processes of the earth's atmosphere. The fundamental equations of motion in the atmosphere will be discussed along with the dynamics and interactions of synoptic system - i.e. the low and high pressure systems that determine our weather. The motion of such systems can be understood in terms of quasi-geostrophic theory. The lecture course provides a derivation of the mathematical basis along with some interpretations and applications of the concept. | ||||

Lecture notes | Dynamics of large-scale atmospheric flow | ||||

Literature | - Holton J.R., An introduction to Dynamic Meteorogy. Academic Press, fourth edition 2004, - Pichler H., Dynamik der Atmosphäre, Bibliographisches Institut, 456 pp. 1997 | ||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Physics I, II, Environmental Fluid Dynamics |