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.

Peter Lynch
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 the atmosphere. To provide an introduction to numerical weather analysis and prediction.

Specific Goals of the Course

PDF Files of Lecture Notes.

Notes for each Lecture are available in two formats
  1. 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.
  2. The Print Version contains the slides four per page.

Recommended Books:

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.
Additional Texts
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.

Additional Comments

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.