Course: Basics of Meteorology and Climatology

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Course title Basics of Meteorology and Climatology
Course code UFY/MET
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the summer semester.
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Farda Aleš, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Skalák Petr, Mgr.
Course content
Introduction: Earth's atmosphere origins and development, its structure and chemical composition, change in air pressure and density with height, daily and annual course of meteorological quantities. Dynamic meteorology: primitive equations, relation between air pressure and flow field. Synoptic meteorology: air masses, its origin, behaviour and transformation. Polar fronts, pressure systems and related weather. Physics of atmosphere: water circulation, evaporation, formation of clouds and precipitation. Energetics of atmosphere, friction influence and boundary layer of atmosphere. Meteorological service, atmosphere monitoring and weather forecast, severe weather phenomena. Climate and Earth's climate system, its structure, development and classification. Interaction between individual parts of climate system. Radiation and water balance of earth's surface and atmosphere, basic climate forming physical processes, CO2 influence and that of other gasses. General atmospheric circulation, the trade winds, monsoons and Intertropical Zone of Convergence. Regional and local climate. Climate research, climate in history and pre-history, climate models and its development, climate change prediction and assessment of its impact on human society and ecosystems

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Class attendance - 42 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 42 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 25 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Introduction to meteorology and climatology: basic terminology explanation in both disciplines. Description and behaviour of Earth's atmosphere, its research an research applications
The graduate will be acquainted with the basic meteorological parameters, their links and processes that take place in the Earth's atmosphere, form the weather and whose long-term regime shape the Earth's climate. The emphasis is also placed on the correct interpretation of weather information and forecasts.
Prerequisites
Fully acquired knowledge of high school mathematics, physics and geography.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination

Recommended literature
  • A.S. Zverev: Synoptická meteorológia, Alfa Bratislava, SNTL Praha 1986..
  • Hartmann, D.: Global physical climatology. ACADEMIC PRESS, San Diego, USA, 1994..
  • Pechala, Bednár: Prírucka dynamické meteorologie (Academia Praha, 1991).
  • Trenberth: Climate System Modeling (Cambridge University Press, 1992).


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