2019 - 2020
|FACULTY OF EXACT SCIENCES | GEOPHYSICS & PLANETARY SCIENCES|
The students will perform, in pairs, five experiments plus a summary lab, chosen for them from the list of labs below. Each lab will demonstrate a physical principle or phenomenon related to different topics in Earth sciences.
List of labs:
The balance of forces in a Hurricane
Convection (as in the boundary layer, clouds, the Earth's mantle, planets)
The general circulation of the atmosphere: the Hadley cell and mid latitude storms
Topographic planetary waves
Radiative transfer- Beer-Lambert law and Rayleigh scattering
Basic principles of remote sensing
Energy balance and climate of a planet
Gravity currents, relevant to the flow of ice sheets, lava, and more
Remote sensing of asteroids
The students will use a variety of instruments, including Weather in a Tank (a rotating water tank), a spectrophotometer and resistance-based temperature sensors, as well as a variety of data acquisition and processing software, the main one of which is MATLAB
The course has a detailed moodle web page which includes an instructions file foreach lab as well as general instructions and details aobut the summarizing lab. The instructions file includes background and the goals of each expriment. The detailed plannig and execution of the experiments will be done by the students, with guidance from the instructors.