# Mathematics

## MTHM025 - The Climate System (2019)

MODULE TITLE CREDIT VALUE The Climate System 15 MTHM025 Dr Tim Jupp (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
 Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 17
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module is designed to give you an overview of the key physical processes determining the behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere. An informative subtitle might be climate physics for the mathematically literate. Topics covered will include radiative energy transfer, the structure, motion and thermodynamics of the atmosphere, the surface energy balance, and the main components of the general circulation (Hadley cells, Walker cells, jet streams etc.). The emphasis, where possible, will be on simple analytical models for commonly observed phenomena and on the development of physical intuition.

Pre-requisite module: MTH3007 Fluid Dynamics, or equivalent

AIMS - intentions of the module

By the end of this module, you will have an understanding of the basic physics of the Earth’s climate, and will comprehend the principle circulations in the atmosphere and the ocean.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 Comprehend the physics responsible for the general circulation;

2 Understand in detail radiation, dynamics and atmospheric thermodynamics;

3 Demonstrate a familiarity with the terminology and physical mechanisms of common meteorological phenomena;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4 Apply previously acquired mathematical techniques to the climate system;

5 Appreciate the utility of simple models and nondimensionalisation;

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

6 Apply mathematical skills to the atmospheric sciences.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- Motivation: the observed state of the atmosphere;

- Planetary scale energy balance, equator-to-pole heat transport;

- Surface energy balance (short- and long-wave radiation, sensible and latent heat);

- Vertical structure and thermodynamics of the atmosphere (dry and moist);

- Atmospheric dynamics: convection, rotation, instability and waves.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
 Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad 33 117 0
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
 Category Hours of study time Description Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 33 Lectures Guided Independent Study 117 Assessment preparation; wider reading

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not Applicable

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
 Coursework Written Exams Practical Exams 50 50 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written Exam – Closed Book 50 2 hours All Written/verbal on request
Coursework – Continuous Assessment 1 15 25 hours All Feedback Sheet
Coursework – Continuous Assessment 2 20 30 hours All Feedback Sheet
Coursework – Continuous Assessment 3 15 25 hours All Feedback Sheet

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All Above Written Exam (100%) All August Ref/Def Period

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 50% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener