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MA4H7 - Atmospheric Dynamics

  • Module code: MA4H7
  • Module name: Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The lectures will provide the student with a solid background in the mathematical description of atmospheric and geophysical fluid dynamics. You will be introduced to the method of deducing the equations of motion from conservation laws (mass, momentum, energy), the role of the gravity and rotation in atmospheric and oceanic dynamics, and principles of storms and weather fronts. An important aim of the module is to provide an appreciation of the complexities and beauty of geophysical motion. This will be brought out in lectures, computer demonstrations and visualisations, web pages.

Principal learning outcomes

It is expected that by the end of this module students will be able to: 1.) Understand the underlying mathematics of the physical processes in a number of different geophysical flows; 2.) Come up with qualitative and quantitative solutions for particular geophysical problems ranging from simple wave solutions to weather phenomena; 3.) Use concepts and mathematical techniques learned from this course for analysis of other partial differential equations arising for example in turbulent flows.

Timetabled teaching activities

30 lectures.

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Other essential notes

Prerequisites: Maths/Physics students are required to have two of the following: MA231 Vector Analysis, MA250 Partial Differential Equations, PX244 Introduction to Fluids; Mathematics students are required to have exposure to physical conservation laws such as momentum and energy and the differential equations that describe them. This means fluids or physics courses from the Warwick Physics department, MA3D1 Fluid Dynamics, or A-level Physics or Mechanics A.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA4H7-15)
B (Examination only) Examination - April 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


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  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 5
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  • Postgraduate Taught Mathematics (G1P0) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc) (G1PC) - Year 2
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