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The course will provide students with all the knowledge and notions necessary to be able to read and interpret forecasts of weather and sea conditions both in the open sea and in the nearshore region and close to harbor entrances. Lectures will present both the theoretical background on which weather and oceanographic forecast resides, and different practical examples dedicated to develop a short and long term forecast of weather, waves and currents.
The aim of the course is to introduce the fundamentals of atmosphere and ocean dynamics that characterize meteocean conditions and climate from synoptic scale to the regional scales. Knowledge will be provided about synoptic charts and weather forecasting, ocean current systems and tides, wave storms and their generations, availability of data.
The student will acquire basic knowledge about the atmosphere and its evolution (global and local wind circulation, mid-latitude and tropical circulations, fronts, mid-latitude cyclones, tropical revolving systems) and the ability to interpret different types of meteorological and oceanographic maps. The student will also acquire the basic concepts behind the weather-sea forecasts and numerical models used to simulate the evolution of the atmosphere and the ocean (waves and currents).
The lessons will take place in a frontal manner and there will be some exercises in order to become familiar with the management of weather and sea forecast information for the purpose of navigation.
Working students and students with certified SLD (Specific Learning Disorders), disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination arrangements so to take into account individual learning patterns, while respecting the teaching objectives
The Earth's atmosphere
Humidity in atmosphere, stability/instability and cloud development
Atmospheric pressure and winds: global and local wind circulation, cyclonic and anticyclonic circulation and local systems, air masses and fronts
Development of mid-latitude cyclones and weather forecasts
Tropical revolving storms
Basic characteristics of ocean waves
The process of ocean wave generation and propagation
Short and long term statistical analysis of ocean waves
Tides and sea level variations
Ahrens C.D., 2009, Meteorology today, Thomson
Cornice M. and Ives E., 2009, Reeds maritime meteorology, Thomas Reed
Frampton L.M. and Uttridge P.A., 2017, Meteorology for seafares
Goda Y., 2010, Random seas and design of maritime structures, World Scientific
Kamphuis J.W., 2010, Introduction to coastal engineering and management, World Scientific
Kinsman B., 1965, Wind waves – Their generation and propagation on the ocean surface, Dover Pub.
Young I.R., 1999, Wind generated ocean waves, Elsevier
GIOVANNI BESIO (President)
ANDREA MAZZINO (President Substitute)
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
During the exam the students will be asked to read, understand and describe different forecast maps for weather, waves and currents.