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Meteorology Courses, with link to most recent syllabus

11:670:111-112 WEATHER, CLIMATE, AND TELEVISION I, II   111 Syllabus   112 Syllabus
Credits: 1.5,1.5
Instructors: Decker, Bridges
Pre- or Corequisite:
11:670:201 (for 111), Prerequisite: 11:670:111 (for 112)
Provides a theoretical foundation of television broadcasting and meteorology to supplement the hands-on television experience gained from the WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community.  By examining the history and characteristics of television, critical analyses of news and weather-related programming, and special topics pertaining to meteorology, students will gain a rounded understanding of the medium and its impact on the field of meteorology and broadcasting.  This WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community academic course is required of all first-year residents.

11:670:201 ELEMENTS OF METEOROLOGY   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructors: Arnesen, Dooley
Description: Overview of current weather maps; structure of the atmosphere and the role of moisture in the development of dew, clouds, and precipitation; air masses, fronts, cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Elements of weather forecasting, instrumentation and communication.  This course satisfies the SAS Natural Sciences [NS] and Information Technology and Research [ITR] Learning Goals.

11:670:202 ELEMENTS OF CLIMATOLOGY   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Arnesen
Description: Major climatic controls; climatic classifications and comparisons of major climatic types; an overview of current climate issues such as global warming and El Niņo; overview of the global climate.  This course satisfies the SAS Natural Sciences [NS] Learning Goal.

11:670:209-210 METEOROLOGICAL ANALYSIS I, II   209 Syllabus   210 Syllabus [Not offered after Spring, 2013]
Credits: 1.5,1.5
Instructors: Robock (209), Broccoli (210)
Pre- or Corequisite: 11:670:201
Description: Surface observation codes. Preparation of surface, upper air, and sounding charts. Forecast guidance, weather map interpretation, and preparation of weather forecasts. Map discussions. One 80-min. lecture.

11:670:211 METEOROLOGICAL ANALYSIS   Syllabus  
Credits: 3
Instructor: Decker
Pre- or Corequisite: 11:670:201
Description: Surface observation codes. Preparation of surface, upper air, and sounding charts. Forecast guidance, weather map interpretation, and preparation of weather forecasts. Map discussions.

Credits: 3
Instructors: Decker, Curchitser
Prerequisite: 11:670:211 or permission of instructor
Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of programming and computation for meteorology and earth science students. Elements of compiled and interpreted languages. Development of skills necessary for the reading, analyzing, and plotting of meteorological and climatic data.

Credits: 3
Instructor: Lintner
Prerequisites: 01:640:152; 11:750:194 or 11:750:204
Description: Thermodynamics of the atmosphere; energy conservation; ideal gas law; water and its transformations; moist air; aerosols; hydrostatic stability and convection; vertical motion; cloud formation; precipitation. 

11:670:324 DYNAMICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Broccoli, Lintner
Prerequisite: 01:640:251; 11:670:323
Description: Hydrodynamics of the oceans and atmosphere; equations of motion on rotating earth; vorticity, potential vorticity, and divergence; boundary layer motion.

Credits: 3
Instructor: Staff
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Description: Special courses taught on a one-time basis to meet specific needs.

Credits: 3
Instructor: Decker
Prerequisites: (11:670:210 or 11:670:211) and permission of instructor.
Description: Techniques for the forecasting and safe observation of severe convection; case study analysis of observed events. Two-week field trip required.

11:670:414 HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Ying Fan Reinfelder
Prerequisites: 01:640:151; 01:750:194 or equivalent
Description: Physical processes governing the occurrence and movement of water through the atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Techniques for collecting and analyzing hydrologic data and predicting the hydrologic states of particular systems.

11:670:431 PHYSICAL METEOROLOGY   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Mark Miller
Prerequisites: 01:640:251; 11:670:323
Description: Atmospheric optics; atmospheric radiation and applications to climate; atmospheric convection; cloud and precipitation formation; turbulence and boundary layer processes; atmospheric electricity.

11:670:433 WEATHER ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING I: Synoptic Meteorology  Syllabus
Credits: 4
Instructor: Decker
Prerequisites:  11:670:210 or 11:670:211; 11:670:324
Description: Dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere applied to current weather situations and case studies. Cyclone and frontal theory, jet streams, and quasi-geostrophic diagnostics. Weather discussions, map analysis, and forecast preparation. Lecture and Laboratory.

11:670:434 WEATHER ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING II: Mesoscale Meteorology  Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Decker
Prerequisite: 11:670:433
Description: Real-time analysis and nowcasting of mesoscale atmospheric phenomena, including heavy snow, cold-air damming, severe weather, and flash floods. Case studies and weather discussions. Laboratory.

11:670:444 TROPICAL METEOROLOGY   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Lintner
Prerequisite:  11:670:324
Description:  The dynamics and thermodynamics of the tropics, including regional and large-scale tropical circulations and their role in the global general circulation, tropical wave dynamics, convection and convective systems, synoptic, intraseasonal, and seasonal variability; monsoons, the El Niņo/Southern Oscillation, tropical cyclones and hurricanes.

Credits: 3
Instructors: Mark Miller, James Miller, Wilkin
Prerequisites: 01:640:152; 11:750:194 or equivalent
Description: Methods, instruments, and their application to observations of ocean and atmosphere. Sensing of oceanic parameters such as temperature, salinity, currents, sea state, turbidity and pollutants.

11:670:453 AIR QUALITY MODELING   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Carlton
Prerequisites: : 01:640:251 and (01:160:160 or 01:160:162 or ((01:160:159 or 01:160:161) and 11:670:212))
Description: A theoretical foundation to understand the principles and governing equations regarding chemical transformation and transport of atmospheric pollution; introduction to and practice in computer programming and numerical techniques as used in approaches to study the atmosphere.

11:670:461 CLIMATE DYNAMICS   Syllabus
Credits: 3
Instructor: Robock
Prerequisites: 11:670:324; 11:670:431
Description: The climate system and how it is changing due to natural and human causes, including past climate variations, El Niņo, global warming, climate modeling, nuclear winter, mitigation options, and geoengineering.

Credits: Credits by arrangement
Instructor: Staff
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Description: Independent study on atmospheric projects. Topic and requirements to be determined individually with the supervising instructor.

Last updated October 31, 2014