Fundamentals of Atmospheric Modelling
Department of Mathematical Physics, UCD
Location: Mathematical Computation Laboratory (Opp. Room 30)
First Lecture: 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, 7th January, 2004.
Met Éireann, Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9.
Overall Purpose of Course
To introduce students to the fundamental principles of dynamical meteorology
and to describe the application of these principles to modelling
To provide an introduction to numerical weather analysis and prediction.
Specific Goals of the Course
- To introduce the fundamental dynamical concepts governing
the behaviour of the atmosphere and oceans
- To derive a set of simple equations,
the shallow water equations,
whose solutions encapsulate the essential features of large scale
atmospheric and oceanic motion systems
- To examine the linear solutions of the shallow water equations,
and to relate them to observed geophysical phenomena
- To reduce the equations to a single principle, the conservation
of potential vorticity, expressed as a PDE
- To investigate methods of solving the nonlinear equations by
- To introduce the rudiments of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP)
- To investigate a number of specific processes
(Geostrophic adjustment, Baroclinic Instability, Ekman Spiral, etc.)
important in atmospheric dynamics.
PDF Files of Lecture Notes.
Notes for each Lecture are available in two formats
- The Screen Version contains the slides
as presented, one per page, with build-ups.
This is suitable for viewing on screen, but not for printing.
- The Print Version contains the slides four per page.
Basic theory of Atmospheric Dynamics
Holton, J R, 1992: An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology.
Third Edition, Academic Press, 511 pp.
Numerical Weather Prediction Methods
Kalnay, Eugenia, 2002:
Atmospheric Modeling, Data Assimilation and Predictability.
Cambridge University Press, 364pp.
Pedlosky, J, 1987: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.
Second Edition, Springer-Verlag, 710pp.
Haltiner, G J and T Williams, 1980: Numerical Prediction and
Dynamic Meteorology. Second Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 477pp.
As well as the formal lectures, students will be given reading
assignments and selected problems. Problem solutions will be examined
in tutorial sessions. Students will be expected to carry out about two
hours of study for each hour of lectures. An examination will be set,
based on the material presented in the lectures.