Alexander Beck: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

Name Dr. Alexander Beck
Institut für Atmosphäre und Klima
ETH Zürich, CHN O 16.1
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0475-00LAtmospheric Physics3 credits2GU. Lohmann, A. Beck
AbstractThis course covers the basics of atmospheric physics, which consist of: cloud and precipitation formation especially prediction of thunderstorm development, aerosol physics as well as artificial weather modification.
ObjectiveStudents are able
- to explain the mechanisms of thunderstorm formation using knowledge of thermodynamics and cloud microphysics.
- to evaluate the significance of clouds and aerosol particles for artificial weather modification.
ContentMoist processes/thermodynamics; aerosol physics; cloud formation; precipitation processes, thunderstorms; importance of aerosols and clouds for weather modification
Lecture notesPowerpoint slides and chapters from the textbook will be made available
LiteratureLohmann, U., Lüönd, F. and Mahrt, F., An Introduction to Clouds:
From the Microscale to Climate, Cambridge Univ. Press, 391 pp., 2016.
Prerequisites / Notice50% of the time we use the concept of "flipped classroom" (, which we introduce at the beginning.

We offer a lab tour, in which we demonstrate how some of the processes discussed in the lectures are measured with instruments.

There is a additional tutorial right after each lecture to give you the chance to ask further questions and discuss the exercises. The participation is recommended but voluntary.