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ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS

CODE 80518
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 5 credits during the 2nd year of 9263 CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (LM-23) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR GEO/12
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING )
SEMESTER 2° Semester

OVERVIEW

The course provides the fundamentals of atmospheric physics necessary to understand, from a phenomenological and quantitative point of view, those aspects of applied meteorological and climatology relevant to civil and environmental engineering

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides the basic knowledge of the behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and the ability to analyse the main meteorological phenomena, with particular reference to the role of water in the atmosphere and the dynamics of the planetary boundary layer.

TEACHING METHODS

The course consists of about 40 hours.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Structure of the atmosphere. Energy balance of the Earth. Role of water in the atmosphere. Stability of atmospheric layers. Cloud microphysics and liquid and solid precipitation. International classification of the clouds. Dynamics of the atmosphere. Atmospheric circulation patterns. Extratropical cyclones. Numerical weather prediction models.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Notes of the course
  • C. D. Ahrens (2007). Essentials of meteorology. Thomson Brooks/Cole.
  • M. L. Salby (1996). Fundamentals of atmospheric physics. Academic Press.
  • J. R. Holton (2004). An introduction to dynamic meteorology. Academic Press.
  • J. M. Wallace and P. V. Hoobs (2006). Atmospheric science. Academic Press.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MASSIMILIANO BURLANDO (President)

LUISA PAGNINI

MARIA PIA REPETTO

GIOVANNI SOLARI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The course consists of about 40 hours.

LESSONS START

At the beginning of the second semester, according to the official timetable.

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam is divided into written and oral test. At the beginning of the written test, the student draws three arguments among those covered during the course and presented in a list that will be provided at the end of the classes. The written test consists in writing a short report concerning the drawn topics. After correction of the written test, the student is free to accept the grade or take the oral test.