Description of the atmosphere and the mechanisms that influence its behavior. Thermodynamic concepts. Heterogeneous systems and transformations of moist air. Hydrostatic equilibrium and static stability. Radiative transfer. Aerosols and Clouds. Boundary layer, atmospheric chemistry, the general circulation.
The course consists of lectures and exercises and is aimed at providing a solid basic physics preparation on Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology . Students get a direct experience of laboratory techniques and computational computer techniques. The goal is to train professionals with a deep knowledge of the physical processes that act in the earth's atmosphere, and of their relevance for the earth system.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
Students, in relation to the different curricula and possible study plans, have the opportunity to deepen specific physics topics in physics of the atmosphere. The two main development lines of the course are Thermodynamics and the Radiative Transfer to the atmosphere, with an introduction to atmospheric chemistry.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
Although it is not a professional course in the strict sense, the physical principles underlying the functioning of the main ones are explained. tools for studying the atmosphere and applied to case studies
The independent research of scientific sources is encouraged, and scientific articles of particular relevance for the topics dealt with are distributed in class.
Students are required to have an autonomous understanding of texts, verified through the request of short seminars on specific topics treated in specialist publications.
The ability to learn is verified through a resolution of original exercises in which the concepts presented in the lesson are applied