Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2021/2022
Belonging course: 
Disciplinary sector: 
OCEANOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE (GEO/12)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

ITALIAN

Course description

The course aims to provide the basic elements to understand the fundamental phenomena that regulate the dynamics and the atmospheric thermodynamics.
Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge and understand the basic issues related to the aspects of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, including the reading of weather maps.
Applying knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate that he is able to use the acquired concepts and the tools necessary to interpret a meteorological chart, a thermodynamic diagram and perform a basic processing of meteorological data.
Making judgments: Students must be able to autonomously perform exercises and applications provided by the teacher.
Communication skills: The student must have the ability to hold a discussion on the topics dealt with using a scientific language and acquired concepts appropriately.
Learning skills: The student must be able to update himself, through the consultation of texts and publications (also in English) suggested by the teacher, in order to acquire the ability to deepen the topics of the field of Meteorology.

Prerequisites

The attendent students must have acquired knowledge and skills transmitted in the following courses: Mathematical Analysis I and Physics I.

Syllabus

- Introduction (purpose of the course, definitions and terms of reference, general description of the atmosphere)
- Radiative transfer (spectrum of radiation, quantitative description of radiation, radiation of a black body, atmospheric radiative balance, greenhouse effect)
- The Climatic System (ocean and atmosphere, history of the earth's climate, atmospheric circulation and large-scale oceanic, the North Atlantic Oscillation, cycles of Milankovitch, the EPICA project)
- Atmospheric thermodynamics (gas law, hydrostatic equation, first law of thermodynamics, adiabatic processes, water vapor in the atmosphere, static stability, second law of thermodynamics and entropy)
- Cloud microphysics (nucleation and condensation of vapor, evolution of a cloud, type and classification of clouds)
- Atmospheric Dynamics (kinematics of the large-scale horizontal flow, elementary cinematic properties of the flow, vorticity and divergence, deformation, streamlines versus trajectories, dynamics of horizontal flow, apparent and real forces, the horizontal equation of motion, the geostrophic wind, the effect of friction, the gradient wind, the thermal wind, suppression of vertical motions by planetary rotation, a conservation law for vorticity, potential vorticity
- Meteorological systems (extratropical cyclones, orographic effects, instruments and observation networks, analysis and interpretation of weather maps on the ground and at high altitude)

- Introduction (2 hours)
- Radiative transfer (6 hours)
- The Climatic System (4 hours)
- Atmospheric thermodynamics (22 hours)
- Cloud microphysics (4 hours)
- Atmospheric Dynamics (16 hours)
- Instruments and measurement methods in meteorology (8 hours)
- Meteorological systems (6 hours)
- tutorials (4 hours)

Teaching Methods

Lectures and exercises

Textbooks

The teaching material (handouts in pdf and ppt format) is provided during the course by the teacher.

Books:
ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE, AN INTRODUCTORY SURVEY - JOHN M.WALLACE & PETER V. HOBBS. Elsevier, Second Edition

Other Books:
AN INTRODUCTION TO DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY - JAMES R. HOLTON. Elsevier, Fourth Edition

ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY: AN INVITATION TO THE ATMOSPHERE - G. DONALD AHRENS. Third Edition (online pdf)

METEOROLOGIA di Andrea Corigliano - Volumi 1-5, Ronca Editore

Learning assessment

The objective of the exam consists in verifying the level of achievement of the previously indicated training objectives.
The exam includes an oral discussion in which the student ability to link and compare different aspects treated during the course will be evaluated. During the oral examination the student will have to answer the teacher's questions, producing also graphs, diagrams and explanatory drawings. The student must also be able to perform some thermodynamic exercises and interpret a meteorological chart.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is fluent in English and is available to interact with students in English, also during the examination