MPhil and PhD Programs in
Atmospheric Environmental Science (AES)

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  • Courses listed here will be offered based on resources available in each term and year. Details about course offerings in a particular term will be announced at course registration time.

Core Course

MATH 5360 Weather, Climate and Pollution [3 credits]

Composition and structure of the atmosphere; atmospheric thermodynamics; radiation balance; basic atmospheric dynamics, energy, momentum and water cycle of the earth; weather and climate of the Asian Pacific region; weather and pollution; variability of the climatic system; current issues (El-Nino, greenhouse warming).


Elective Courses

CHEM 5410 Atmospheric Chemistry [3 credits]

A fundamental introduction to the physical and chemical processes determining the composition of the atmosphere and its implications for climate, ecosystems, and human welfare. Atmospheric transport and transformation. Stratospheric ozone. Oxidizing power of the atmosphere. Regional air pollution: aerosols, smog, and acid rain. Nitrogen, oxygen, carbon, sulfur geochemical cycles. Climate and the greenhouse effect.

ENVS 6012 Special Topics in Environmental Science [1-6 credit(s)]

Offerings are announced each term. Typical topics in atmospheric environmental science are pollutant transfer in the atmosphere, aerosol chemistry, air quality in Hong Kong, atmospheric modeling, and air-sea interactions. Typical topics in marine environmental science include eutrophication, global warming, biodiversity and conservation, microbial ecology, environmental law, and pollutants in the ocean.

EVSM 6070 Environmental Impact Assessment [4 credits]

Introduction to environmental impact assessment (EIA) and the EIA process in Hong Kong. The components of an EIA report including air, noise, water, waste management, environmental risk, ecological impact, and socio-economic impact assessments will be analyzed. Environmental law, environmental management and the importance of public participation will also be discussed. Case studies from Hong Kong will be used and comparison with EIA in Mainland China will be made.

MATH 5311 Advanced Numerical Methods I [3 credits]

Numerical solution of differential equations, finite difference method, finite element methods, spectral methods and boundary integral methods. Basic theory of convergence, stability and error estimates.

MATH 5350 Computational Fluid Dynamics for Inviscid Flows [3 credits]

Derivation of the Navier-Strokes equations; the Euler equations; Lagriangian vs. Eulerian methods of description; nonlinear hyperbolic conservation laws; characteristics and Riemann invariants; classification of discontinuity; weak solutions and entropy condition; Riemann problem; CFL condition; Godunov method; artificial dissipation; TVD methods; and random choice method.

MATH 5351 Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering I [3 credits]

Perturbation Methods: Regular and singular perturbation. Boundary layer analysis. Calculus of variations, Hamiltonian theory. Stability and bifurcation, Hydrodynamic stability. Invariant variational problems, Noether theorem, Invariant PDEs, Self-similar solutions.

MATH 5460* Time Series Analysis [3 credits]

Basic idea of time series analysis in both the time and frequency domains. Topics include: autocorrelation, partial ACF, Box and Jerkins ARIMA modeling, spectrum and periodogram, order selection, diagnostic and forecasting. Real life examples will be used throughout the course.

            * This course may be replaced by ISOM 5530 Multivariate Data Analysis.

MECH 5210 Fluid Dynamics [3 credits]

Tensor notation, derivation of Navier-Stokes equations, vorticity transport, viscous flow, flow separation, boundary layer, flow instability, turbulent boundary layer, stratified flow, rotating flow.

PHYS 5110 Mathematical Methods in Physics [4 credits]

Review of vector analysis; complex variable theory, Cauchy-Rieman conditions, complex Taylor and Laurent series, Cauchy integral formula and residue techniques, conformal mapping; Fourier series; Fourier and Laplace transforms; ordinary differential equations, Bessel functions; partial differential equations, wave and diffusion equations, Laplace, Helmholtz and Poisson's equations, transform techniques, Green's functions; integral equations, Fredholm equations, kernals; Rieman sheets, method of steepest descent; tensors, contravariant and covariant representations; group theory, matrix representations.

Professional Development Course

PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students [1 credits]

This course aims at equipping research postgraduate students with transferrable skills conducive to their professional development. Students are required to attend 3 hours of mandatory training on Professional Conduct, and complete 12 hours of workshops, at their own choice, under the themes of Communication Skills, Research Competency, Entrepreneurship, Self‐Management, and Career Development. Graded PP, P or F.

English Language Courses

LANG 5000 Foundation in Listening & Speaking for Postgraduate Students [1 credits]

For students whose level of spoken English is lower than ELPA Level 4 (Speaking) when they enter the University. The course addresses the immediate linguistic needs of research postgraduate students for oral communication on campus using English. To complete the course, students are required to attain at least ELPA Level 4 (Speaking). Graded P or F.

LANG 5010 Postgraduate English for Science Studies [1 credits]

This course is intended to provide RPG students of SSCI with essential training in academic writing, with a focus on the language used in a number of science contexts. The course is compulsory for all RPG students of SSCI (for students admitted in 2012/13 and onwards). Students who fail to fulfill the English language requirement of the University are advised to take LANG 5000 before enrolling for this course (for students admitted in 2009/10 and onwards). Graded P or F.