# 701-1221-00L Dynamics of Large-Scale Atmospheric Flow

Semester | Autumn Semester 2018 |

Lecturers | H. Wernli, L. Papritz |

Periodicity | yearly recurring course |

Language of instruction | English |

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. |

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 |