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
16 Sep 2014 Introduction Croci-Maspoli
23 Sep 2014 Basic laws Croci-Maspoli
30 Sept 2014 Scale analysis Wernli
07 Oct 2014 Vorticity and circulation Wernli
14 Oct 2014 QG basics Wernli
21 Oct 2014 QG diagnosis Wernli
28 Oct 2014 QG potential vorticity Wernli
04 Nov 2014 Ertel potential vorticity I Wernli
11 Nov 2014 Ertel potential vorticity II Wernli
18 Nov 2014 QG waves I Pfahl
25 Nov 2014 QG waves II Wernli
02 Dec 2014 Eady Model I (no slides) Wernli
09 Dec 2014 Eady model II Wernli
16 Dec 2014 Current Research / Questions & Feedback Wernli

Lecture notes

Here you can download the script (download 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 29. Sep 30. Sep
06. Oct 07. Oct Solution 1
Sheet 2 13. Oct
14. Oct
20. Oct
21. Oct
Solution 2
Sheet 3 27. Oct 28. Oct 03. Nov
04. Nov
Solution 3
Sheet 4 10. Nov 11. Nov 17. Nov 18. Nov Solution 4
Sheet 5 24. Nov 25. Nov 01. Dec
02. Dec
Solution 5
Sheet 6 08. Dec 9. Dec 15. Dec 16. Dec Solution 6

Vector Notation and Vector Formulae

Vector Notation and Vector Formulae


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