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Unit information: Terrestrial Hydrometeorology in 2021/22

Unit name Terrestrial Hydrometeorology
Unit code CENGM0022
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rosolem
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce the atmospheric fluxes that drive the hydrological cycle. Starting from a detailed description of the Earth’s climate, the module will follow atmospheric fluxes of moisture, solar radiation and global circulation patterns through to the resulting vertical fluxes that interact with the land surface and thus drive the hydrological cycle.

The unit aims to enable the student to understand physical processes, and the ways in which those processes are characterised through either direct or proxy measures. These will include: climate, atmospheric circulation, cloud formation, precipitation, evaporation, energy budgets and soil moisture.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, the successful student will be able to:

M4.1 expound the processes in the (atmospheric part of the) water cycle;

M4.2 explain the physics governing atmospheric circulation and describe how this leads to climate and weather;

M4.3 explain and quantitatively describe moisture and energy fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface;

M4.4 explain precipitation formation and observation, and analyse precipitation time series in space and time

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by coursework (100%). Formative feedback will also be provided throughout the unit from tutorial exercises, to help students prepare for the summative assessments.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.