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ES 409: Synoptic Meteorology (MT)

Course Title

Synoptic Meteorology

Course Code

ES 409

Course Type

Track Mandatory (Meteorology Track)

Level

Master’s

Year / Semester

1st / 2nd (Subject to change)

Instructor’s Name

Silas Michaelides (Leader), Filippos Tymvios, Demetris Charalambous

ECTS

10

Lectures / week

1 (3h)

Laboratories / week

None

Course Purpose and Objectives

The course aims to familiarize the students with the synoptic-scale weather systems and their evolution.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should be familiar with and be able to identify synoptic-scale weather systems, their evolution and movement and the links between surface and upper-air patterns.

Prerequisites

None

Course Content

  • Atmospheric Synoptic-Scale Systems
  • Air Masses
  • Atmospheric Waves
  • Atmospheric Circulation
  • Hadley and Ferrel Cells
  • Intertropical Convergence Zone – ITCZ
  • Monsoons
  • Extratropical Cyclones – Cyclogenesis
  • Fronts – Frontogenesis
  • Upper-Air Circulation
  • Jet Streams
  • Tropical cyclones

Teaching Methodology

Topics lectures. Seminars/Workshops. Case studies. Field trip to the Weather Forecasting Office of the Cyprus’ Department of Meteorology, Practical work in Synoptic Meteorology. Literature Reviews.

Bibliography

Howard B. Buestein: Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Mid-Latitudes Volume II – Observations and Theory of Weather Systems

John M. Wallace and Peter V. Hobbs: Atmospheric Science (Second Edition) - An Introductory Survey

E. Palmén and C.W. Newton: Atmospheric Circulation Systems – Their Structure and Physical Interpretation

Assessment

Coursework and exam

Language

English