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This course examines the basic physical principles that govern the processes of the atmosphere and its climate. The theoretical principles governing atmospheric thermodynamics, cloud physics, radiation physics and dynamics and circulation are discussed. It also provides a scientific context for discussion of topical issues viz The Ozone Hole, Global Warming, ITCZ, and El Nino.
Survey of the Atmosphere
Atmospheric Dynamics (qualitative derivations)
General circulation of the Tropics
The course assessment will be conducted as follows:
Two 1-hour in-course tests of equal weighting 40%
One 2- hour final written examination 60%
Students will be expected to satisfy the examiners in both components.
At the end of the course, students should be able to: