EGS3012S - Atmospheric Science

36 credits at NQF level 7

Entry Requirements:

GEO1009F (or equivalent), EGS2013F (or SEA2004F or SEA2002S or SEA2003F or approved 2000-level Science course), and any 1000-level Physics (or Mathematics) course.

Course Outline:

This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the physical processes that control the Earth's atmosphere. It covers the following topics: atmospheric energy balance, thermodynamics, dynamics, and general circulation; tropical and mid-latitude weather producing systems; weather and climate extreme events (e.g. heat-waves, drought, and floods) in Africa; climate variability and change; atmospheric boundary layer turbulence, chemistry, and pollution. The lectures are complemented with field measurements and laboratory practicals to demonstrate basic data analysis techniques employed in atmospheric sciences.