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1. Course title

Ilmakehän virtausrakenteiden dynamiikka I
Dynamik av atmosfärens flödesstrukturer I
Dynamics of Atmospheric Flow Structures I


2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53605 Ilmakehän virtausrakenteiden dynamiikka, 8 op

3. Course status: compulsory

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences (compulsory for Study Track in Meteorology)

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

First year of MSc studies, provided that the student has taken the course FYS2033 Introduction to Atmospheric flow dynamics or has equivalent knowledge.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

Each year in period I.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course


9. Course learning outcomes

The course gives you an overview of atmospheric wave motions and quasi-geostrophic theory.

10. Course completion methods

The course has weekly lectures and exercises. Attendance is not obligatory but recommended.

To complete the course, you need to get a sufficient total number of points from the exams and exercises.

11. Prerequisites

Thermodynamic and hydrodynamic basic laws governing the behavior of the atmosphere (e.g. from the BSc level courses FYS2032 Atmospheric thermodynamics and FYS2033 Introduction to Atmospheric flow dynamics).

Elementary vector operations. Derivation and integration.  Solving of linear differential equations with constant coefficients. Scale analysis. Basics of Fourier analysis.

12. Recommended optional studies

ATM349 Dynamics of Atmospheric Flow Structures II is direct continuation to this course

13. Course content

Basics of wave motion: phase and group speed, Hovmöller diagram, perturbation method

Different types of waves: sound waves, shallow water gravity waves, internal gravity waves inertia-gravity waves, Rossby waves

Inertial instability

Geostrophic adjustment

Observed time mean conditions and synoptic-scale variability in the mid-latitude atmosphere

Quasi-geostrophic vorticity equation, omega equation and height tendency equation

Structure of developing baroclinic waves

14. Recommended and required literature

Lecture notes

J. R. Holton & G. Hakim, 2012: An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 5th edition. Chapters 5 and 6.1.

Lecture Compendium "Dynamics of Atmospheric Flow Structures: Supplement to the Text Book of Holton and Hakim (2012)"

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Total hours 135.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Grading is based on the exam (75%) and exercises (25%). 45% of total maximum points is required for grade 1/5. 85% of total maximum points is required for grade 5/5.

17. Teaching language