MTMG25-Hazardous weather analysis

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MTMG01 Introduction to Weather Systems
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Helen Dacre


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Students will apply various tools and techniques to analyse observational and model data for multiple hazardous weather case studies.

The module aims to develop the students’ application of the scientific method to the analysis of cases of extreme weather that are hazardous to life and property. It uses a problem-based learning approach to develop the students’ ability to analyse data, draw conclusions and communicate the results. It also deepens the understanding of the physical processes leading to weather systems that produce damagingly hazardous conditions, using the knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of atmospheric dynamics and physics gained from MTMG01.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module students should be able to:

• apply relevant tools to analyse observational and model data;

• synthesize results to form supported conclusions;

• describe factors that are critical in the genesis & evolution of significant weather events in the form of brief structured accounts;

• outline the importance of different scales of phenomena in such events;

• present a scientific case study as part of a team.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Three weather systems that produce hazardous weather will be analysed in three practical sessions each lasting 3 weeks. These will be taken from:

• an explosive extratropical cyclone;

• an outbreak of severe convection;

• a tropical cyclone;

• severe flooding.

Global context:
At least one event will be from the tropics.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will learn about the nature of hazardous weather prediction by synthesising a range of meteorological fields to produce a coherent explanation of each event. Each session is guided by a brief introductory lecture.

Reading lists for meteorology modules are available here

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 18
Guided independent study 82
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Two case studies.

Formative assessment methods:

Case studies.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission of summative case study.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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