MAQ-21806 Meteorology and Climate


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)Msc IB Benedict
Lecturer(s)dr. ing. BG Heusinkveld
L Florentie
dr. WD van den Berg
dr. GJ Steeneveld
Msc IB Benedict
Examiner(s)dr. GJ Steeneveld

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Introduction Atmosphere, Mathematics, Basic Physics


This course provides basic understanding of the meteorological processes for students in soil science, hydrology, environmental sciences, earth system science and for students specializing in meteorology and air quality. It focuses on understanding physical processes in the atmosphere that determine weather, climate and air quality and treats advanced theory of part of the material treated in the first-year course MAQ-10306. It serves as an introduction for advanced courses of Meteorology and Air Quality Chair Group.
By performing the exercises, students are able to become acquainted with the order of magnitude of the various meteorological quantities. The theory is still only given as a broad outline. Detailed theoretical knowledge and strict mathematical derivations are reserved for more advanced courses.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the basics of atmospheric radiation;
- calculate, relate and evaluate various atmospheric humidity quantities;
- apply stability analysis and other applications of thermodynamic diagrams;
- describe the dynamics of the atmosphere by using simple formulas (mostly descriptive);
- discuss atmospheric predictability and uncertainty;
- clarify the formation of clouds and precipitation: showers, thunderstorms and tornadoes;
- review the meteorology of the atmospheric boundary layer (descriptive);
- describe and explain the basics of climate and climate change.


- active participation in lecturers;
- performing all exercises;
- exercises laboratory (compulsory).


The final mark is based on the results of 3 interim tests, the practical and the final exam.
Option A: If at least 2 interim tests have been made: the 2 best interim tests contribute 20% to the final mark, the final exam 70% and the practical 10%. If 1 interim test has been made: interim test 10%, final exam 80%, practical 10%.
Option B: final exam 90%, practical 10%.
The final mark is based on the option (A or B) that gives the highest mark.
For resits only option B counts.


Reader available from the WUR-shop.
John Wallace; Peter Hobbs.(2006). Atmospheric Science: an Introductory Survey. 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-0-12-732951-2.

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc3WD
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMScA: Spec. A - Environmental Quality3WD
MCLClimate StudiesMScA: Spec. A - The Physical Climate System3WD
MCLClimate StudiesMScB: Spec. B - Biogeochemical Cycles3WD
Restricted Optional for: WUEABBSc Minor Earth and Biosphere3WD