Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science

Dynamics of large-scale atmospheric flow

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Date & Location

Lecture: Tuesday, 15 - 17 autumn semester CHN F 46
Exercise Tuesday, 17 - 18 autumn semester CHN F 46




Understanding of the dynamical processes in the atmosphere and their mathematical-physical formulation.


Atmospheric Dynamics is concerned with the dynamical processes of the earth's atmosphere. The fundamental equations of motion in the atmosphere will be discussed along with the dynamics and interactions of synoptic system - i.e. the low and high pressure systems that determine our weather. The motion of such systems can be understood in terms of quasi-geostrophic theory. The lecture course provides a derivation of the mathematical basis along with some interpretations and applications of the concept.

Selected literature


Physics I, II, Environmental Fluid Dynamics


Date Programme Lecturer
15 Sep 2015 Introduction; Basic laws I Wernli
22 Sep 2015 Basic laws II Wernli
29 Sep 2015 Scale analysis Wernli
06 Oct 2015 Vorticity and circulation Wernli
13 Oct 2015 QG basics Pfahl
20 Oct 2015 QG potential vorticity Pfahl
27 Oct 2015 QG diagnostics Wernli
03 Nov 2015 Ertel potential vorticity I Pfahl
10 Nov 2015 Ertel potential vorticity II Pfahl
17 Nov 2015 QG waves I Pfahl
24 Nov 2015 QG waves II Wernli
01 Dec 2015 Eady Model I (no slides) Wernli
08 Dec 2015 Eady model II Wernli
15 Dec 2015 Current Research / Questions & Feedback Wernli / Pfahl

Lecture notes

Here you can download the script LSD_2015.pdf

Problem Sheets

Please hand in your solved problem sheets on Mondays (until 13:30) at the mailbox of Bas Crezee on the O-Floor (O12).

Problem Sheet Hand Out Questions (Exercise&Lecture) Hand In Discussion (Solution) Solution Sheet
Sheet 1 21 Sep 22 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep Solution 1
Sheet 2 05 Oct 06 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct Solution 2
Sheet 3 19 Oct 20 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct Solution 3
Sheet 4 02 Nov 03 Nov 09 Nov 10 Nov Solution 4
Sheet 5 16 Nov 17 Nov 23 Nov
24 Nov
Solution 5
Sheet 6 30 Nov 01 Dec 07 Dec 08 Dec Solution 6

Vector Notation and Vector Formulae

Vector Notation and Vector Formulae


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