MAQ-32806 Atmospheric Dynamics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. CC van Heerwaarden
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. CC van Heerwaarden
Msc IB Benedict
MA Veerman
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 successful completion of this course students are 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;
- exercises laboratory (compulsory).


The practical consists of exercises and computer aided units.
The average grade of all units counts for 15% of the final grade.
The written examination consists of open questions and counts for 85% of the final grade.


To be announced.

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