Study programme 2020-2021Français
Programme component of Master's in Physics à la Faculty of Science

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CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-SCPHYS-024-MOptional UEDEBAL Fabian
  • DEBAL Fabian

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français15000033.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Master expertise.
    • Have acquired knowledge and a thorough understanding of specialist areas of physics in connection with mathematics and/or advanced laboratory practices required for these sectors.
  • Provide clear and accurate information.
    • Share their knowledge and findings clearly and back them up rationally to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Grow personally and professionally.
    • Have developed the skills that will enable them to continue to acquire knowledge independently.
  • Have a creative and rigorous scientific approach
    • Apply their knowledge, understanding and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments and in multidisciplinary contexts related to physical sciences.

Learning Outcomes of UE

At the end of this course, students will be able to establish and apply the fundamental equations of dynamic and thermodynamic to the physics of the atmosphere, in order to understand the different aspects of the main meteorological phenomena. They will also have discovered the field of operational weather forecasting, both from the point of view of the tools used and the applied methodology.


Content of UE

*Introduction: Vertical structure of the atmosphere and specific scales of weather phenomena;

*Atmospheric thermodynamic:
-thermodynamic of dry, wet and saturated air - representation of thermodynamic processes in the atmosphere (emagram 761) - condensation & precipitations processes - air mass indicators - atmospheric stability/instability;
+ link with/illustration by weather phenomena (clouds development and types, fog, precipitations types, convection and thunderstorms, Foehn phenomenon, and so on);

*Atmospheric dynamic:
-equation of motion (general form and expression in the meteorological reference system), hydrostatic balance, Laplace equation, pressure coordinate system - geostrophic/ageostrophic wind, gradient wind, impact of friction, thermal wind;
+ link with/illustration by weather phenomena (wind, wind deviations, sea breeze, jet-stream, and so on);
-equation of continuity;
-vorticity and equation of vorticity evolution (+ quasi-geostrophic approximation);
-vertical motions: omega equation + interpretation;
+ link with/illustration by weather phenomena (tornado, "thermal" and "dynamic" low/high pressure systems, cyclogenesis, frontogenesis & front types, ridges and throughs, and so on);

* Operational meteorology (visit of the Royal Meteorological Institute):
-observation tools (variables measurement and analysis, satellite pictures, RADAR, and so on) ;
-forecast methodology (at very short, short and medium range): extrapolation at very short term - numerical weather forecast models (deterministic and probabilistic forecast) - communication of weather forecast & warnings.

Prior Experience

-Basic notion of mechanic (equation of motion) in non inertial reference systems;
-Basic notion of ideal gas thermodynamic

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • Oral Examination

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Oral examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Conférences

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-028Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-PHYS-0282005 : Malardel, Fondamentaux de Météorologie, Ed. Cépaduès, 2005.
J.P. Triplet et G. Roche, Météorologie générale, Ed. Météo France (3ème édition), 1986.
1998 : Kurz, Synoptic Meteorology, Deutscher Wetterdienst, 1998.
J.R. Holton, An introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Ed. Elsevier, 2004.
1. Quinet, Quelques considérations de météorologie dynamique en relation avec l'interprétation des cartes synoptiques, IRM (Miscellanea Série C - n°19).
1995 : Allard, Mécanique de l'atmosphère, Régie des voies aériennes (Publication scientifique et technique n°007), 1995.
1995 : Allard, Thermodynamique de l'atmosphère, Régie des voies aériennes (Publication scientifique et technique n°005), 1995.
1995 : De Keyser, Les phénomènes, Régie des voies aériennes (Publication scientifique et technique n°004), 1995.
1994 : Santurette, Eléments pratiques de météorologie et de prévisions synoptiques, Ed. Météo France, 1994.
1993 : Roux, Le temps qu'il fait, Ed. Payot & Rivages, 1993.
1991 : Roux, Les orages (Météorologie des grains, de la grêle et des éclairs), Ed. Payot, 1991.
2005 : D. Ahrens, Essentials of Meteorology, Ed. Brooks/Cole (Thomson), 2005.
2003 : D. Potter et B. R. Colman, Handbook of Weather, Climate and Water, Ed. Wiley-Interscience, 2003.

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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