chart analysisAs part of the Graduate Diploma in Meteorology, all students will need to complete this module of the course.

In the module, you will learn some basic chart analysis techniques of various weather observations, including METARs, SYNOPs, sonde flights, satellite imagery and radar imagery. You will also learn basic weather discussion skills, including basic terminology and format.

These skills will be practised throughout the module and you will be expected to continue to develop these skills throughout the remainder of the course.

This module assumes no prior meteorological knowledge, apart from standard course entry requirements.

Unit 1
  18 hours
Not in EBS
The Earth seen from Apollo 17
(c) NASA.

The climate system is a complex system consisting of the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, water cycle, and solid Earth. There are also significant external drivers which includes the sun, changes in the Earth's orbit, and interactions with other solid bodies.

This course examines these various natural forcings and how they give rise to the observed natural variability and evolution of the climate over geological or deep time.

This course also examines the very significant impacts that humans have had in recent centuries on the climate, and the ways in which we can mitigate and adapt to future changes.

Duration: 19 hrs of face to face and blended sessions - 11 x 1 hr lectures, 4 x 1 hr tutes, 2 x 2 hr pracs
Assessment: Pass/not yet passed only.  One prac write up. One reading exercise. One small project.
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Balanced flows is an introductory unit in dynamical meteorology.

Areas of study include:

1. Kinematics
2. Dynamics
3. Mass conservation
4. Thermodynamics
5. Vertical balance
5. Horizontal balance 
7. Thermal wind balance

Duration: 25 hours + personal study
Assessment: 3 assignments and a 3 hr exam
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Enrolment available only to the Bureau's Graduate Diploma in Meteorology student cohort.