MAQ-32806 Atmospheric Dynamics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. CC van Heerwaarden
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. W Hazeleger
dr. ir. CC van Heerwaarden
Msc IB Benedict
Examiner(s)dr. ir. CC van Heerwaarden

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAQ-21806 Meteorology and Climate, HWM-23806 Geophysical Fluid Mechanics.


The behaviour of weather systems, as we experience them from day to day, is to a great extent determined by the movement and development of the large-scale anticyclones and cyclones and also by the global-scale circulation. In order to understand the weather we need to analyse the structure of these systems and we need to know how they develop from a perturbation to maturity and decay. This is a complex problem and is the subject of this course.

Learning outcomes:

After this course the student is expected to be able to:
- identify and analyse the processes governing the behaviour of large-scale systems;
- apply this knowledge to simplified systems;
- interpret day-to-day weather maps and with this be able to appraise and explain developments of the actual situation;
- discuss and explain the dynamics of large-scale processes which govern weather and climate.


- active participation in lectures;
- performing all class exercises;
- excercises laboratory (compulsory).


The practical consists of exercises and computer aided units.
The average grade of all units counts for 30% of the final grade.
The written interim examination consists of open questions and counts for 70% of the final grade.


To be announced.

Restricted Optional for: MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScB: Meteorology and Air Quality2AF
MCLClimate StudiesMScA: The Physical Climate System2AF