Nanjing University of
Information Science & Technology

Postgraduate

MSc Atmospheric Physics & Atmospheric Environment

Program Name: Atmospheric Physics & Atmospheric Environment
Program Code:  070602
Program Length: 3 years
Degree Type: Master of Science

                                                                                                            

Objectives
The objective is to cultivate socialism reliable successors and qualified builders who have sturdy communism belief, support China Communist leadership, and support the socialist system. Students are required to have solid theoretical foundation and system expertise, and have the knowledge of research trend of atmospheric physics and atmospheric environment; theses should have application value and academic creativity. Graduations are expected to be senior specialized talents who are qualified for scientific research, teaching, management and specialized work.

Directions
(1) Cloud and precipitation physics: research on macro and microphysical structures of cloud and precipitation; research on weather modification; fog physical and chemical characteristics and formation/dissipation mechanisms; research and application of cloud and precipitation system; interaction between atmospheric radiation, cloud, aerosol and climate; ground-based and sky-based remote sensing studies on cloud, aerosol and surface characteristics; observational and theoretical studies on earth atmospheric radiation balance; radiation parameterization in climate models.
(2) Atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric environment: transport, diffusion and sedimentation of atmospheric pollution and trace materials and chemical processes; the impacts of atmospheric trace materials on weather and climate. Research fields include formation of earth atmosphere, cycle of trace materials, photochemistry in stratosphere, photochemistry in troposphere, formation of aerosol and its impact on atmosphere and precipitation chemistry, air pollution forecast, earth-biology interaction.
(3) Atmospheric detection and atmospheric remote sensing: research on methods and approaches for observing atmospheric physical and chemical characteristics and atmospheric phenomenon; research on principles and applications of active and passive remote sensing and research on retrievals of earth physical parameters using space remote sensing data. Researches include meteorological satellite and weather radar, laser radar principle, remote sensing information processing technology, precipitation measurement technology, weather Doppler radar data processing, satellite wind technology and satellite retrievals of atmospheric parameters.

School Period and Credit Requirement
Master school system is for three years. The school period is generally three years, with the longest period of no more than five years. Degree course credit should not be less than 20 and total credit should not be less than 32.

Learning Progress
During the first one and half years, it is required to study courses (compulsory courses and elective courses), complete a thesis proposal, participate in teaching practice, specialty practice and social practice; in the later one and half years, it is required to do scientific research, write a master thesis, and defense the thesis. The students excellently achieving the training objectives could be approved to defense half or one year earlier.
Tasks before the end of the third semester:
(1) Read literature, investigate research field, and study feasibility of a research topic.
(2) Complete a thesis proposal in the School of Atmospheric Physics.
(3) Collect data and prepare experiment equipments.
Tasks in the fourth semester:
(1) Do scientific research with the thesis subject.
(2) Participate in necessary academic and extracurricular research.
(3) Make achievement reports at different thesis stages.
Tasks in the fifth semester:
(1) Complete all calculations needed in the thesis.
(2) Draft the thesis and abstract.
Tasks in the sixth semester:
(1) Submit the thesis.
(2) Prepare and finish the thesis defense.

Thesis
Thesis is an important part in master student cultivations, aiming to train master students systematically and fully in scientific researches and obtain the ability of scientific research and technical work. Master students choose research topics under tutor guidance and the topic choosing should focus on theoretical significance and application value; the topic choosing should consider, on one side, research frontier and practical operability, and on the other side, national and provincial funding projects. These should include new ideas, encouraging students to choose subjects according to mentors’ research projects. Complete a thesis proposal based on literature reading and research investigation. The thesis proposal should include: subject significance, literature review, research plan and objective, main theory (technology) conundrums and possible solutions. The thesis proposal, thesis review, thesis defense and others should be completed according to relevant regulations of Graduate School in Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology.

Practice
A master student must participate in practice training for no less than 120 h; the practice activities include teaching practice, productive practice and social survey.
Science Practice: Encourage master students to participate in mentors’ projects and choose topics with important application value; train master students in scientific researches and professional work, and cultivate students to obtain creativity abilities and abilities of finding problems, analyze problems and solve problems by applying what has been learned.
Academic Activities: Master students should attend academic lectures, seminars, summer schools, conferences at home and abroad for more than 20 times, which accounts for 2 credits. Every master student is required to give at least one talk on campus; the postgraduate association of the School of Atmospheric Physics is responsible for organizing the activities and reporting the statistics of the activities to the school office.
Teaching Practice: Through teaching practice of postgraduate classes, master students will have a basic training directly; teaching practice have many forms, e.g., participating in teaching assistance, practical teaching, productive practice of some major courses, and help mentors with post graduation thesis.
The practice ability cultivation of master students can be combined with the work of teaching assistant, research assistant and management assistant. Master students are encouraged to participate in lab management and construction, student management and school management, improving management ability.
Master students are required to write practice reports; mentors and related staff in the school are responsible for inspection and guidance, and check the results of practice; credits are given to the qualified students, but these credits are not counted in the calculation of total credits.

 

Teaching Plan for Master Students
School (Department)
School of Atmospheric Physics
Major
Atmospheric Remote Sensing Science and Technology
Curriculum Type
Curriculum Name
Teaching Hour
Credit
Semester
Examination Type
Remark
First
Second
Third
Examination
Evaluation
 
Elementary Courses
Natural Dialectics
51
3
 
 
 
 
Theory & Practice of Scientific Socialism
34
2
 
 
 
 
English
68
3
 
 
 
A Practical Course of English Writing and Translation
34
1
 
 
 
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
51
3
 
 
 
 
Degree Courses
Progress in physics of Cloud and precipitation
51
3
 
 
 
Combined with the students from the major of Atmospheric Remote Sensing Science and Technology
Atmospheric Chemistry
51
3
 
 
 
 
Atmospheric Radiation and Optics
51
3
 
 
 
 
Atmospheric Boundary Layer Physics
34
2
 
 
 
 
Specialty English
34
2
 
 
 
 
Limited Optional Courses
 
Mesoscale Numerical Simulation
Choose one out of three
34
2
 
 
 
 
Atmospheric Diffusion Theory and Model
34
2
 
 
 
 
Modern Meteorological Statistics Method
51
3
 
 
 
Combined with the students from the major of Atmospheric Remote Sensing Science and Technology
Differential Equations
Choose one out of two
34
2
 
 
 
 
Application of Functional Analysis
34
2
 
 
 
Combined with the students from the major of Atmospheric Remote Sensing Science and Technology
Elective Courses
 
Atmospheric Science.
34
2
 
 
 
 
Theory and Practice of Synoptic Meteorology
51
3
 
 
 
Combined with the students from the major of Science and technology of lightning
Radar and Satellite Meteorology
51
3
 
 
 
Combined with students from other two majors
Numerical Forecast
34
2
 
 
 
Combined with students from other two majors
Global Climate System
34
2
 
 
 
 
Meteorological Data Assimilation
34
2
 
 
 
 
Detection of Boundary Layer and Data Processing
34
2
 
 
 
Combined with the students from the major of Atmospheric Remote Sensing Science and Technology
Doppler Weather Radar
34
2
 
 
 
Combined with the students from the major of Atmospheric Remote Sensing Science and Technology
Remote Sensing Digital Image Processing
34
2
 
 
 
Combined with the students from the major of Atmospheric Remote Sensing Science and Technology
Seminars
 
2
Every Semester