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MT1004 Introduction to Meteorology and Oceanography

[Lecture: 26 hrs; Tutorial: 13 hrs; Lab: 0 hr; Pre-requisite: Nil; Academic Unit: 3]


Learning Objective :

This course is a foundation earth science course on meteorology and oceanography. Its objective is to provide students with a basic knowledge of atmospheric and ocean processes.

Course Content :

Earth’s energy budget, atmosphere moisture and cloud development. Global wind systems, thunderstorms and tornadoes. Seawater properties, atmosphere ocean interaction, ocean currents, tides and waves.

Course Outline :

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Topic

1.

Introduction and the earth and its atmosphere. Energy.

2.

Energy balance. Temperature distribution.

3.

Atmospheric moisture. Condensation.

4.

Atmospheric stability. Cloud development.

5.

Atmosphere in Motion

6.

Global wind systems. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes.

7.

Introduction to Oceanography: History of voyaging

8.

Properties of seawater

9.

The Atmosphere and the Oceans

10.

Circulation pattern and ocean current

11.

Tides and waves

Learning Outcome :

This course provides a foundation for students in understanding the physical processes in the ocean and atmosphere. On completion of the course, the students will be able to understand the dynamics of the ocean and the atmosphere.

Textbooks :

  1. Ahrens, C. D., Meteorology Today: an introduction to weather climate and the environment, 7th edition, Thomson Learning Inc, 2002.
  2. Garrison, T., Essentials of Oceanography, 3rd edition, Thomson Learning Inc, 2004
  3. Sverdrup, K.A., Duxbury, A.B. and Duxbury, A.C., Fundamentals of Oceanography, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill Companies Inc, 2006


References :

  1. The Life and Times of El Nino (DVD Video: K576577)
  2. The Raging Planet – El Nino (DVD Video: H576853)
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