MT37J-Boundary Layer Meteorology

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: MT26E Surface Energy Exchange
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Alan Grant

Email: a.l.m.grant@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of how small-scale processes affect the thermodynamic and kinematic structures of the atmospheric boundary layer.

Aims:
This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of how small-scale processes affect the thermodynamic and kinematic structures of the atmospheric boundary layer. Practical work aims to illustrate methods of measurement and interpretation of transfer processes within the surface and boundary layer.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, the student should be able to:



• Analyse and interpret data retrieved from field observations of turbulent, radiant and conductive exchange processes;



• Describe in physical and mathematical terms some important atmospheric flow phenomena on horizontal scales less than about 10 km, and the way in which these are influenced by the Earth's surface and its overlying atmosphere.


Additional outcomes:
The practical (including field) work will enhance team-working skills, and the use of programs for the analysis of observational data.

Outline content:

The Practical Content includes:



• Statistical analysis of turbulent wind fluctuations;



• Latent, sensible heat and carbon dioxide transfer by the eddy-covariance method;



• Momentum measurements by the profile and eddy covariance method;



• Estimating surface energy exchanges by the Penman Monteith method.





The Lecture Content covers the conceptual and mathematical modelling of:



• Surface layer fluxes and their measurement;



• Evolution of the boundary layer;



• Air - sea interaction;



• The boundary layer in NWP and climate models;



• Flow over changing surfaces;



• The boundary layer on other planets.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
During term 7 practical work takes place. Observational, data analysis and project work are supported by lectures.
During term 8 theoretical work will be presented in 16 50-minute lectures. Four tutorial sessions will be used also.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 16
Seminars 2
Tutorials 4
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 80 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Report 30
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:

1 short observational report - 10%, 1 long observational report - 20%, 1 presentation plus abstract 5%+5%, 1 advanced assignment 10%.


Formative assessment methods:
Four unassessed problem sheets discussed in the tutorial sessions.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    2 hours.


    Requirements for a pass:

    40% overall.


    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resit examination only.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

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


    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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