Dynamical Meteorology and Climatology Unit


Besides its research activity, the Section is involved in the training of undergraduate and doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows. Stéphane Vannitsem currently provides a course on 'Météorologie Dynamique' at the physics department of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Francesco Ragone is currently teaching at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Dynamical meteorology (Météorologie Dynamique at ULB)

The aim of the course entitled ‘Dynamical Meteorology’ is to introduce the fundamental aspects of the atmospheric dynamics at large scales (basic equations, common approximations for the description of large scale flows, baroclinic and barotropic instabilities…), to briefly describe the techniques used in order to perform a forecast (data assimilation, numerical methods) and to present the intrinsic features of the atmosphere limiting the forecast horizon (chaotic behavior and Lyapunov exponents, dynamics of initial condition and model errors) in the context of generic models (low-order models, spatially distributed systems and intermediate order models).

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