ZD152 Atmosphere (Meteorology and Climatology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
4/0/0. 12 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Kamil Láska, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc.
Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc.
Supplier department: Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Graduating of the MSc. study in Physical Geography.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to acquire the latest knowledge from the selected fields of meteorology and climatology (see specification below) and their adopting during own research.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course the student will be able to:
- prove the latest scientific knowledge in the selected fields of meteorology and climatology,
- apply novel methodological and knowledge outputs during the creation of own PhD. thesis and during own scientific activity.
  • The course includes the following scientific topics:
  • 1. Meteorological measurements and instrumentation (measuring principles, sensors, data acquisition systems).
  • 2. Experimental methods for estimating fluxes of energy and matter (eddy-covariance, profile method, case studies).
  • 3. Modeling of the energy exchange (net-radiation components, determination of potential and actual evaporation, large-eddy simulation, case studies).
  • 4. Mesoscale atmospheric processes (definition of scales, atmospheric dynamics, lower tropospheric phenomena, air mass boundaries, orographic phenomena, case studies).
  • 5. Atmospheric boundary layer (physical description, assessments, variables, coupled system, case studies).
  • 6. Climate of the small scale areas (Microclimatology, mesoclimatology, urban climate, case studies).
  • 7. Past climates and methods of their study (palaeoclimatology, its parts and methods, historical climatology, case studies).
  • 8. Recent climate change (global climate, climate forcings, spatiotemporal variability, environmental impacts, case studies).
  • 9. Hydrometeorological and climatic extremes (extremes, spatiotemporal variability, forcings, environmental impacts, case studies).
  • 10. Climate of the future (scenarios, models, projections, case studies).
    recommended literature
  • Vybrané články z časopisů Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Atmospheric Research, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
  • Vybrané články z časopisů Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Climate of the Past, International Journal of Climatology, Theoretical and Applied Climatology.
  • VILÀ-GUERAU DE ARELLANO, Jordi, Kees VAN DEN DRIES, Chiel C. van HEERWAARDEN and Barth J. H. van STRATUM. Atmospheric boundary layer : integrating air chemistry and land interactions. First published. New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 2015. xv, 265. ISBN 9781107090941. info
  • FOKEN, Thomas. Micrometeorology. Translated by Carmen J. Nappo. Berlin: Springer, 2008. xix, 306. ISBN 9783540746652. info
Teaching methods
The student selects two topics from 10 topics mentioned above. According to recommendations of the teacher, the student will prepare a brief report of the latest scientific knowledge to the given topic (according to its partial specification) and in the oral form presents it during the colloquium with the teacher.
Assessment methods
At the beginning of the semester, the student selects two topics from those 10 mentioned above. After the first part of the semester in the date specified by the teacher is realized the first colloquium with the first selected topic. After the end of the semester, analogous colloquium to the second selected topic follows. The final course mark consists of the results of both presentations.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught each semester.
Information on course enrolment limitations: jen pro studenty doktorského studijního programu
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Autumn 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2019, recent)
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