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傅宗玫 (fuzm AT sustech DOT edu DOT cn, +86(755)8801-8872, 工学院北楼906)

Teaching Assistant

Huiran FENG (

All students must send an email to the TA by September 22, including their name + year + major + student ID + cell phone number. There will also be a QQ group for the class.


Undergraduate students in hydrology, environmental sciences, oceanography, physics, chemistry, and other disciplines

Time and location

Fridays 10:20-12:10 (every week), Wednesdays 10:20-12:10 (even weeks). All classes will meet at 三教116, EXCEPT some tutorials will meet in the computer room in 工学院南楼739.

Office hours

By email appointments

Course material

The follow two textbooks are on reserve in the library:

In addition, we have put together a collection of course resources for your reference:


  1. Final exam (40%):
  2. Term project (20%):
  3. Assignments and pop quizzes (40%)


Assignments will mostly be distributed on Fridays and are due in two weeks, BEFORE CLASS STARTS. Late assignments will NOT be graded.

Field trip

We are planning a field trip to the Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality in mid-November. Participation is voluntary but highly recommended. Contact TA to sign up.

Course schedule

Week Date Subject Assignment Reading
1 9/15 F 第一次课 The Earth system and the Atmosphere (0rr8) AS Ch1-2; MT Ch1
2 9/20 W Radiative transfer (li6o) AS Ch4; MT Ch2
2 9/22 F Radiative transfer (li6o)

ESE315 Tutorial 1

ESE315_Assignment 1 AS Ch4; MT Ch2
3 9/29 F 中秋节放假
3.5 10/8 Sun补课 Radiative transfer (li6o)

ESE315 Tutorial 1

AS Ch4; MT Ch2
4 10/11 W Atmospheric thermodynamics (txdk)

Interactive demos of the stability of dry and moist air parcels

AS Ch3; MT Ch3-4
4 10/13 F Atmospheric thermodynamics (txdk)

Interactive demos of the stability of dry and moist air parcels

ESE315_Assignment 2 AS Ch3; MT Ch3-4
5 10/20 F Atmospheric thermodynamics (txdk) Assignments 1 due AS Ch3; MT Ch3-4
6 10/25 W Thermodynamics and aerosols (ztif) AS Ch3; MT Ch3-4
6 10/27 F Clouds and precipitation (48wt) ESE315_Assignment 3 AS Ch5
7 11/3 F Clouds and precipitation (48wt) Assignment 2 due AS Ch6, 9; MT Ch 9-10
8 11/8 W Atmospheric boundary layer and turbulence (5km9) AS Ch8; MT Ch13-16
8 11/10 F ESE315 Tutorial 2 Tutorial 2 slides ESE 315 Assignment 4 AS Ch7, 9; MT Ch9, 11
9 11/17 F Atmospheric motion (1un4) Assignment 3 due AS Ch7; MT Ch11
10 11/22 W Atmospheric motion (1un4) AS Ch7; MT Ch11
10 11/26 Sun 参观深圳市气象局 AS Ch8; MT Ch13-16
11 12/1 F Mid- and high-latitude weather (54i2)

Lorentz System demo 1, demo 2

Assignment 4 due ESE315_Assignment_5 AS Ch8; MT Ch13-16
12 12/6 W Climate data analysis (2zem) Global SST animation (ffkz),

Global SST anomaly animation (yau8)

AS Ch8; MT Ch13-16
12 12/8 F ESE 315 Tutorial 3, ESE315 Tutorial 4, Tutorial 3 Slides (u8h6), General circulation of the atmosphere and the ocean (6irh) ESE315_Assignment_6 AS Ch7; MT Ch10, Ch17
13 12/15 F Severe weather, low-latitude weather; weather forecasting (r21v) Assignment 5 due AS Ch7; MT Ch10, Ch17
14 12/20 W General circulation of the atmosphere and the ocean (uur7) ESE315_Assignment_7 AS Ch10; MT Ch17-18
14 12/22 F Term presentation
15 12/29 F Climate system and variability (e77d) Assignment 6 due AS Ch7; MT Ch10, Ch17
16 1/3 W Climate system and variability (e77d) Climate system and climate change (4o5a) ESE315_Assignment_8 (reading) AS Ch10; MT Ch17-18
16 1/5 F Atmospheric measurement (6rvx)
17 1/12 F Final exam 10:30-12:30 三教113


Assignment 7 due

Term project and presentation

Each student should independently complete a data analysis project using Python to demonstrate a phenomenon or answer a scientific question related to meteorology or climate. The student is free to choose his/her topic of interest and is fully responsible for finding and analyzing the data.

However, to ensure success, each student must meet with the Instructor before November 15th to discuss his/her plan and data for the term project.

Each student will give a 10 to 15-minute presentation (length of time depending on the number of students) at the end of the semester.

The term project and presentation will be graded with the following criteria:

  • The relevance of phenomenon/scientific question (10%)
  • The appropriateness of the data used and analysis methodology (30%)
  • The degree to which the phenomenon/question is addressed by the data analysis (30%)
  • Clarity of the presentation (30%)

Resources for learning python

Assignments and the term project require calculation and plotting using Python in Jupyter Notebooks. Python is a powerful programming language, while Jupyter Notebooks provide an easy, web-based way to combine code, plots, and descriptive text.

Students are encouraged to install Python and Jupyter using the popular Anaconda distribution. See our Python resources page for instructions. Students enrolled in this course will also be granted access to a SUSTech server running Jupyter, but this can only be used within the SUSTech network (but you can use a SUSTech VPN outside campus). Details will be announced in class.

If you are new to Python or to Jupyter, we recommend that you go through a few online tutorials. Check out our Python resources page.

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