MAQ-32806 Atmospheric Dynamics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised48
Course coordinator(s)dr. LJM Kroon
Lecturer(s)dr. LJM Kroon
Examiner(s)dr. LJM Kroon

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

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


The behaviour of mid-latitude 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 excercises;
- excercises laboratory (compulsory).


The practical consists of computer aided units to be done by groups of two students.
The average grade of all units counts for 30% of the final grade.
At the end of each week the students will take a test. The average of the best 4 grades of these tests counts for 20% of the final grade.
The written exam consists of open questions and counts for 50% of the final grade.


James Holton; Gregary Hakim. (2012). An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 5th ed. Academic Press. ISBN:9780123848666. 552p.
Notes on the website.

Restricted Optional for: MEEEarth and EnvironmentMSc2AF
MCLClimate StudiesMSc2AF