See also Undergraduate Courses
Basic concepts of fluid dynamics; meteorological approximations and coordinate systems; simple models and wave motion; barotropic models. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Integrated treatment of fundamental aspects of physical meteorology and atmospheric chemistry; ultraviolet and infrared absorption and emission; radiative transfer; cloud and precipitation microphysics and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: ATMO 601.
Mathematical and numerical methods applied to ODE’s, PDE’s and statistical methods; methods of analysis and modeling of atmospheric phenomena. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in ATMO 601 and CSCE 203 or equivalents.
Observed large scale circulation and climate of the earth; physical processes which maintain relevant budgets; models and theories explaining mean observations. Prerequisite: ATMO 601.
Observed patterns of circulation in the atmosphere; physical basis of weather development. Prerequisites: ATMO 601 and 602.
Fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry; tropospheric ozone, NOx and HOx cycling, sulfur chemistry, stratospheric chemistry, and aerosol composition; analytical measurement methods; review of chemical basics as needed.
Continuation of ATMO 601; flow in planetary boundary layer; balanced flows; atmospheric instabilities; tropical dynamics. Prerequisite: ATMO 601 or approval of instructor.
Fundamentals of physical meteorology; includes cloud physics, atmospheric electricity and atmospheric chemistry. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
An advanced survey of fundamental atmospheric processes involving biogeochemical cycles, air pollution, tropospheric chemistry, atmospheric aerosols and stratospheric chemistry. Prerequisite: ATMO 606.
An introduction in Atmospheric Sciences for teachers and military professionals; structure, behavior and processes of weather with climate systems; access to atmospheric data. Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in related field; graduate classification.
Climate of the geological and recent past; methods of assessing climate and climatic change; mechanisms, models, theories, impact and prediction of climatic change. Prerequisites: ATMO 324 or equivalent; approval of instructor.
A study of mathematical models used in the simulation of climate. Development and structure of selected members of the hierarchy of models ranging from energy balance models to general circulation models. Applications to paleoclimate and future climate scenarios. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Advanced techniques especially applicable to climatology; space-time random field analysis applied to stochastic models, parameter estimation, statistical forecasting, data interpolation and signal detection; applications to real data and climate model output. Prerequisites: STAT 601 or equivalent; approval of instructor.
Thermodynamic principles applied to the atmosphere; vertical structure and stability; weather processes; interpretation of vertical soundings. Prerequisites: MATH 308, PHYS 218; graduate classification.
General circulation; stratospheric dynamics; tropical systems. Prerequisite: ATMO 611.
Parcel, slice and entrainment concepts; bubble and plume theories; spherical vortex; the starting plume; one-dimensional models; selected topics of current interest. Prerequisite: ATMO 611.
Physics of atmospheric condensation nuclei, ice in the atmosphere; precipitation processes; artificial modification of clouds; precipitation. Prerequisite: ATMO 612 or approval of instructor.
Meteorological satellite programs of the United States and other countries; theory of meteorological measurements from artificial satellites; applications of satellite data in determinations of atmospheric structure and in forecasting; recent and current research studies; future programs. Prerequisite: ATMO251 or approval of instructor.
Role of the tropics in global circulation; structure and dynamics of the tropical zone; local and diurnal phenomena; synoptic components; tropical cyclones; role of cumulus-scale convection; current topics. Prerequisite: ATMO 251 or approval of instructor.
Theory and structure of mesoscale weather systems and their relation to larger and smaller scale systems. Prerequisite: ATMO 251 or approval of instructor.
Mechanism and energetics of general circulation. Structure of large-scale systems. Persons desiring practice in analysis techniques should enroll for 1 hour or more of ATMO 685. Prerequisite: ATMO 251 or approval of instructor.
Tropical climatology; structure evolution and motion of tropical cyclones; tropical cyclone hazards; large scale tropical phenomena. Prerequisite: ATMO 251.
Classical turbulence theories and statistical approaches; closure models; effects of rotation and stratification; interpretations of atmospheric observations. Prerequisite: ATMO 611 or suitable background in fluid dynamics.
Presented by students and faculty based upon their research work and upon surveys of the literature.
Offered to enable majors in meteorology to undertake and complete, with credit, in their particular fields of specialization, limited investigations not covered by any other courses in established curriculum.
For thesis or dissertation. Topic subject to approval of department head.