ΤΙΤΛΟΣ ΜΑΘΗΜΑΤΟΣ:

COURSE UNIT TITLE:

ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS

 

COURSE UNIT CODE:

 

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TYPE OF COURSE:

 

Compulsory

LEVEL OF COURSE:

 

1st Cycle, General Education

SEMESTER OF STUDY:

 

1st Year, 1st Semester

ECTS:

 

 

MODE OF DELIVERY:

Teaching is contacted by theory and exercises tutorials. Powerpoint presentations and experimental instrumentation are used in the theoretical and exercise parts. Tutorials are included in two suggested books through Eudoxos, exercises and experimental specifications through university electronic learning platform e-class.

 

CONTACT TEACHING:

3 hours theory and 1 hour exercises

 

COURSE CONTENTS:

Introduction to in atmospheric physics and meteorology. Atmospheric structure and composition, vertical temperature profile, density and pressure. Equation of ideal gas state and hydrostatic equation. Vertical density and pressure profiles and variation. Isobaric curves and weather maps. Air mass movement, cyclones and anticyclones. Isobaric surfaces. Atmospheric heating and temperature, radiation laws (Planck, Stefan-Boltzmann, Kirchhoff, Wien), propagation (Νόμος του Beer) and energy balance. Solar constant and equivalent earth temperature: estimation with and without atmospheric mass. Estimation of satellite cooling ratio and other examples. Daily and annual temperature magnitude and how the four seasons are created. Atmospheric thermodynamics, specific volume, equation of state for dry and humid air, specific heat, 1st thermodynamic law, Poisson equation, adiabatic temperature gradient and potential temperature. Upward and downward air flows. Air mass cooling and heating, atmospheric expansion and compression, air mass mixing. Air temperature variation and atmospheric stability. Vertical flows, stable, unstable and neutral atmosphere. Air pollutants dispersion. Synoptic meteorology: air masses, fronts, lows and anticyclonic flows. Humidity, condensation, clouds and rain processes. Creation and evolution of storms. Atmospheric optical phenomena. Urban climatology.

 

INSTRUCTORS:

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KONSTANTINOS KOURTIDIS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR STAMATIS ZORAS

 

EXERCISES:

 

Exercises in estimating atmospheric parameters and weather forecasting.

 

TEACHING ASSISTANTS:

 

 

ASSIGNED TEXTBOOKS:

 

  • Tutorials in General Meteorology, T. Makrogiannis and X. Saxsamanoglou
  • Atmospheric Science, Second Edition: An Introductory Survey, Wallace and Hobbs

 

PREREQUISITES:

Maths, Physics

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES AND AQUIRED SKILLS:

 

  1.   Knowledge-based

 

  • Familiarizing with basic meteorological meanings and atmospheric physics concepts.
  • Students should acquire and be able to use the basic meanings and concepts of atmosphere and meteorology.

 

  1.   Skills/Competences acquired

 

  • Students must be able to respond efficiently in the needs of greater semesters’ atmospheric and energy science courses.

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS:

There is a final written examination for evaluation of the students.

 

TEACHING LANGUAGE:

Greek

 

Contact

  • Address:Department of Environmental Engineering, 67100, Xanthi

  • Telephone: 30 25410 79109,79117,79112

  • Email: secr@env.duth.gr