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Graduate Guide --> VI. Course Program ---> Basic M.S. Level Courses

B. BASIC M.S. LEVEL COURSES

Course Title Credits Requisites Description Offered
601Atmospheric Dynamics I 2 (2-0-0) MATH 261, MATH 530 Momentum, continuity equations; circulation, vorticity, thermodynamics; boundary layer; synoptic scale motions in midlatitudes. Offered fall
602Atmospheric Dynamics II 2 (2-0-0) ATS 601 Sound waves, gravity waves, Rossby waves; numerical weather prediction; baroclinic instability; general circulation; tropical dynamics. Offered spring
604Atmospheric Modeling 3 (3-0-0) ATS 601 Design of numerical models of the atmosphere, and applications to current problems. Emphasis is on a practical understanding of relevant numerical methods. Offered fall odd years
605Atmospheric Circulations 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602 or concurrent registration Observations and theory of the general circulation of the atmosphere, with emphasis on understanding physical mechanisms. Offered fall odd years
606Introduction to Climate 2 (2-0-0) MATH 261 and MATH 530Exchanges of energy, water, and momentum through the atmosphere, surface, vegetation, and oceans. Climate variability, feedback processes, paleoclimates, and climate change.
607Computational Methods for Atmospheric Science 3 (2-1-0) ATS 601 or concurrent registrationCovers computer programming tools unique to and common in the atmospheric sciencesOffered spring
620Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics 2 (2-0-0) MATH 340, PH 142Equilibrium thermodynamics, cloud microphysics, cloud dynamics, precipitation formation, and cloud electrification.Offered fall
621Atmospheric Chemistry 2 (2-0-0) CHEM 114, MATH 340, PH 142Overview of chemical kinetics and equilibria; sources and sinks of pollutants; photochemistry and smog formation; aqueous-phase chemistry; acid rain.Offered fall
622Atmospheric Radiation 2 (2-0-0) ATS 620, ATS 602 or concurrent registrationTerrestrial, solar radiation propagation in the atmosphere; radiative components in energy budgets, weather systems, climate studies; remote sensing.Offered spring
623Atmospheric Boundary Layer 2 (2-0-0) ATS 601 or concurrent registrationEquations for shallow atmospheric motions; thermal instability of a fluid layer; atmospheric turbulence; flow stability; 1-D mixed layer models.Offered fall even years
631Introduction to Atmospheric Aerosols 2 (1-3-0) NonePhysical, chemical, and microphysical characteristics of atmospheric particulate matter; measurement principles and techniques.Offered spring
640Synoptic Meteorology 2 (1-2-0) ATS 601 or concurrent registrationSynoptic-scale weather systems; moist and dry atmospheric variables; static stability; vertical motion; fronts; cyclones and anticyclones.Offered fall
641Mesoscale Meteorology 2 (1-2-0) ATS 640Mesoscale weather systems; mesoanalysis techniques; upper- and low-level jets; instabilities; dynamics of convective storms; organized convection.Offered Spring
650Measurement Systems and Theory 2 (2-0-0) PH 142, STAT 301Surface and upper air measurement systems; theory and system response, sensor design; automated data collection, analysis and display systems.Offered fall
652Atmospheric Remote Sensing 2 (2-0-0) ATS 622Concepts of electromagnetic and acoustic wave propagation; active and passive remote sensing techniques including radar, lidar, thermal emission systems.Offered fall odd years
655Objective Analysis in the Atmospheric Sciences 3 (3-0-0) MATH 531Objective analysis of geophysical data: general statistics; matrix methods; time series analysis. Emphasis on applications to real world data.Offered spring
680Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVariesSince 1976 the following courses have been offered:

Economic Aspects of Weather Forecasting and Climatology (Spring/Summer 1976 with EC 680)
Mountain Meteorology (Summer 1977)
Principles of Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 1977)
Time Series Analysis with Applications to Meteorology and Climatology (Spring 1978)
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (Summer 1979)
Ocean Dynamics (Fall 1980)
Mesoscale Meteorology I (Spring 1981)
Atmospheric Field Measurements (Summer 1981 and Summer 1987)
Mesoscale Dynamics (Spring 1982)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Fall 1983)
Severe Convective Storm Observations and Forecasting Techniques (Summer 1984)
Objective Analysis and initialization (Fall 1984)
Atmospheric Data Analysis (Spring 1989)
Atmospheric Electricity (Fall 1996)
Airborne Air Quality Measurements (Spring 1997)
Modeling of Cloud and Aerosol Chemistry (Spring 1998)
Atmospheric Carbon Cycle (Spring 1999)
Dynamic Data Assimilation (Spring 2000)
Physical Oceanography (Spring 2004)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Fall 2008)
Land-Atmosphere Interaction (Fall 2009)
Satellite Observations (Spring 2010)
Geophysical Fluid Laboratory (Fall 2011)
Computation Methods for Atmospheric Science (Spring 2013)
Applied Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 2013)
Land-Atmosphere Interactions (Fall 2014)
The Global Nitrogen Cycle (Fall 2015)
681Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVariesSince 1976 the following courses have been offered:

Economic Aspects of Weather Forecasting and Climatology (Spring/Summer 1976 with EC 680)
Mountain Meteorology (Summer 1977)
Principles of Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 1977)
Time Series Analysis with Applications to Meteorology and Climatology (Spring 1978)
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (Summer 1979)
Ocean Dynamics (Fall 1980)
Mesoscale Meteorology I (Spring 1981)
Atmospheric Field Measurements (Summer 1981 and Summer 1987)
Mesoscale Dynamics (Spring 1982)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Fall 1983)
Severe Convective Storm Observations and Forecasting Techniques (Summer 1984)
Objective Analysis and initialization (Fall 1984)
Atmospheric Data Analysis (Spring 1989)
Atmospheric Electricity (Fall 1996)
Airborne Air Quality Measurements (Spring 1997)
Modeling of Cloud and Aerosol Chemistry (Spring 1998)
Atmospheric Carbon Cycle (Spring 1999)
Dynamic Data Assimilation (Spring 2000)
Physical Oceanography (Spring 2004)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Fall 2008)
Land-Atmosphere Interaction (Fall 2009)
Satellite Observations (Spring 2010)
Geophysical Fluid Laboratory (Fall 2011)
Computation Methods for Atmospheric Science (Spring 2013)
Applied Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 2013)
693Responsible Research in Atmospheric Science 1 (1-0-0) Scientific misconduct; ethical publishing; record keeping; data management; professional skills applicable to atmospheric science.Offered spring
695Independent StudyVariesGeneral Atmospheric Science
699A-V ThesisVaries
ATS 699A Atmospheric Dynamics W. Schubert
ATS 699B Land-Atmosphere Interactions S. Denning
ATS 699C Chemistry-Climate Interactions C. Heald
ATS 699D Weather Systems R. Schumacher
ATS 699E Remote Sensing C. Kummerow
ATS 699F Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions E. Maloney
ATS 699G General Circulation D. Randall
ATS 699H Remote Sensing of Climate C. O'Dell
ATS 699I Atmospheric Chemistry S. Kreidenweis
ATS 699J Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics J. Pierce
ATS 699K Dynamic Meteorology T. Birner
ATS 699L Satellite Applications T. Vonder Haar
ATS 699M Mesoscale Meteorology R. Johnson
ATS 699N Dynamics/Physics-Clouds W. Cotton
ATS 699O Mesoscale Modeling S. van den Heever
ATS 699P Radiation Theory G. Stephens
ATS 699Q Radar Meteorology S. Rutledge
ATS 699R Aerosol & Cloud Chemistry J. Collett
ATS 699S Climate Dynamics D. Thompson
ATS 699U Tropospheric Chemistry E. Fischer
ATS 699V Atmospheric Variability L. Barnes

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