Winter School 2016- Tropical Meteorology

Winter School 2016 attendees-

For supplementary material including the schedule, a Winter School welcome pack, recommended prior reading, presentation slides and lab instructions, click here.

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The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science will host its  5th annual winter school on June 20-24, 2016 at the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University.

The 2016 winter school theme is Tropical Meteorology.

This is a high-level education program for honours and graduate students interested in climate science. It will be of relevance to those working in atmospheric sciences, oceanography and land processes.

Tropical weather is very different from that in the mid and higher latitudes. For example, compared with the mid and higher latitudes, temperature and pressure gradients are (mostly) very weak in the tropics. This Winter School examines the key properties of the tropical atmosphere and explains the science underpinning tropical climate and weather. It will answer the question: why is the weather and climate of the tropics so different to that at higher latitudes? The governing equations of motion are introduced and the approximations relevant to the tropics described and justified. The most important of these approximations, and the fundamental reason for the differences between the tropics and the mid and higher latitudes, is that the effect of the earth's rotation (as expressed through the coriolis force) is small in the tropics. Another important distinction between the tropics and elsewhere is that the atmosphere is more strongly coupled to the ocean. The approximated equations of motion will be used to explain the Hadley circulation, equatorial waves and the El Nino - Southern Oscillation, and these explanations compared with observation. Unlike the midlatitudes, moist convection is essential in understanding the tropical atmosphere. For this reason  emphasis will be placed on the parts played by convection and radiation in driving the large-scale circulation and in producing locally important weather. The Winter School concludes with an examination of tropical cyclones, perhaps the most destructive weather system on the planet.

The winter school will consist of a series of lectures and lab sessions delivered by Centre of Excellence researchers from our five universities and partner organisations.

Prerequisites include:

Introductory meteorology

Introductory thermodynamics

Introductory differential equations

Vector calculus

Online Textbook

Some funding is available to support attendance. Priority will be given to honours and graduate students working on climate science problems.

The number of places is strictly limited.

Applications are now closed.

For more information contact Graduate Director, Melissa Hart

To download a copy of the winter school flyer, click here.


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