Graduate Courses
See also Undergraduate Courses
  • ATMO 601: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Basic concepts of fluid dynamics; meteorological approximations and coordinate systems; simple models and wave motion; barotropic models. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

  • ATMO 602: Principles of Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
  • 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.

  • ATMO 603: Quantitative Methods for the Atmospheric Sciences
  • 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.

  • ATMO 604: General Circulation and Climate
  • Observed large scale circulation and climate of the earth; physical processes which maintain relevant budgets; models and theories explaining mean observations. Prerequisite: ATMO 601.

  • ATMO 605: Atmospheric Phenomena
  • Observed patterns of circulation in the atmosphere; physical basis of weather development. Prerequisites: ATMO 601 and 602.

  • ATMO 606: Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
  • 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.

  • ATMO 611: Atmospheric Dynamics II
  • Continuation of ATMO 601; flow in planetary boundary layer; balanced flows; atmospheric instabilities; tropical dynamics. Prerequisite: ATMO 601 or approval of instructor.

  • ATMO 612: Atmospheric Physics II
  • Fundamentals of physical meteorology; includes cloud physics, atmospheric electricity and atmospheric chemistry. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.

  • ATMO 613: Advanced Atmospheric Chemistry
  • An advanced survey of fundamental atmospheric processes involving biogeochemical cycles, air pollution, tropospheric chemistry, atmospheric aerosols and stratospheric chemistry. Prerequisite: ATMO 606.

  • ATMO 621: Atmospheric Science
  • 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.

  • ATMO 629: Climate Change
  • 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.

  • ATMO 631: Climate Modeling
  • 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.

  • ATMO 632: Statistical Methods in Climate Research
  • 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.

  • ATMO 635: Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamic principles applied to the atmosphere; vertical structure and stability; weather processes; interpretation of vertical soundings. Prerequisites: MATH 308, PHYS 218; graduate classification.

  • ATMO 636: Dynamic Meteorology
  • General circulation; stratospheric dynamics; tropical systems. Prerequisite: ATMO 611.

  • ATMO 638: Dynamics of Convective Clouds
  • 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.

  • ATMO 645: Cloud and Precipitation Physics
  • Physics of atmospheric condensation nuclei, ice in the atmosphere; precipitation processes; artificial modification of clouds; precipitation. Prerequisite: ATMO 612 or approval of instructor.

  • ATMO 655: Satellite Data in Meteorology
  • 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.

  • ATMO 656: Tropical Meteorology
  • 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.

  • ATMO 657: Mesometeorology
  • Theory and structure of mesoscale weather systems and their relation to larger and smaller scale systems. Prerequisite: ATMO 251 or approval of instructor.

  • ATMO 658: Synoptic Meteorology
  • 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.

  • ATMO 659: Tropical Cyclones
  • Tropical climatology; structure evolution and motion of tropical cyclones; tropical cyclone hazards; large scale tropical phenomena. Prerequisite: ATMO 251.

  • ATMO 661: Atmospheric Turbulence
  • 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.

  • ATMO 664/464: Laboratory Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
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  • ATMO 681: Seminar
  • Presented by students and faculty based upon their research work and upon surveys of the literature.

  • ATMO 685: Directed Studies
  • 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.

  • ATMO 691: Research
  • For thesis or dissertation. Topic subject to approval of department head.

 
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