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Graduate Guide --> VI. Course Program ---> Ph.D. and Advanced M.S. Level Courses


*700 level courses are usually taught in alternate years. However, this is merely a general planning guideline, in that the frequency with which all courses are offered is dependent upon the demand; and even in its absence a special reading course can be arranged to satisfy the needs of individual students who might otherwise be deprived of an opportunity to take a particular course critical to their program.

Course Title Credits Requisites Description Offered
703Numerical Weather Prediction 2 (2-0-0) ATS 602Quasi-geostrophic approximation; barotropic, baroclinic, primitive equation, and general circulation models; numerical methodsOffered fall even years
704Large-scale Atmospheric Dynamics 2 (2-0-0) ATS 602Quasi-static, quasi-geostrophic equations; planetary waves; geostrophic adjustment; barotropic, baroclinic instability; frontogenesis; tropical cyclonesOffered fall odd years
707Atmospheric Waves and Vortices 3 (2-0-1) ATS 605Atmospheric wave motions on a multitude of spatial and temporal scales. Topics covered include mountain waves, downslope windstorms, breaking waves and hydraulic jumps, vorticity generation via hydraulic jumps, equatorial waves, LaPlace's tidal equation, atmospheric tides, Eliassen-Palm theorems, wave-mean-flow interaction, QBO, gravity wave critical levels, Kelvin-Helmholtz instablity, stratified shear turbulence, gravity wave breaking, solitary waves and KdV theory, gravity wave and Rossby wave critical layersOffered fall odd years
708Middle Atmospheric Dynamics 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602Dynamics of the stratosphere and mesosphere with emphasis on the lower and middle stratosphereOffered spring
710Geophysical Vortices 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602Dynamical and thermodynamical structure of geophysical vortices from observational, experimental, and theoretical viewpoints. Topics covered include two-dimensional vortex dynamics, invertibility principle, Green functions, point vortex and moment idealizations, vortex axisymmetrization, vortex merger, two-dimensional and three-dimensional quasi-geostrophic turbulence, vortex Rossby waves, Eliassen's balanced vortex model, Ooyama's 1969 hurricane model, Spin down at small and large Rossby number, assymmetric balance (AB) theory, vortex alignment, tropical cyclogenesis and intensification via convectively forced vortex Rossby waves, tornadoes, water spout and dust devilsOffered fall even years
712Dynamics of Clouds 3 (3-0-0) ATS 623General theory of cloud dynamics; parameterization of microphysics and radiation; models of fog, stratocumuli, cumulonimbi, and orographic cloudsOffered spring odd years
715Atmospheric Oxidation Processes 2 (2-0-0) ATS 621Atmospheric hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide reactions; aqueous phase scavenging and reactions; chemical pathways in the atmosphereOffered fall odd years
716Air Quality Characterization 2 (1-2-0) ATS 560 and either ATS 555 or ATS 621Students plan, execute, and report on a measurement campaign to characterize local air qualityOffered spring
721Theoretical Topics in Radiative Transfer 3 (3-0-0) ATS 622Physics of atmospheric radiation; theoretical techniques used to show radiation transfer equationOffered fall odd years
722Atmospheric Radiation and Energetics 3 (2-0-1) ATS 622Radiative transfer in the atmosphere; implications on remote sensing and energeticsOffered spring odd years
724Cloud Microphysics 2 (2-0-0) ATS 621Theories and observations of nucleation; cloud droplet spectra broadening; precipitation growth and breakup; ice multiplication; cloud electrificationOffered spring odd years
730Mesoscale Modeling 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602, ATS 632Development of basic equations used in mesoscale models and methodology of solutionOffered fall odd years
735Mesoscale Dynamics 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602Analysis of physical and dynamical processes that initiate, maintain, and modulate atmospheric mesoscale phenomenaOffered fall odd years
737Satellite Observation of Atmosphere and Earth 3 (3-0-0) ATS 622, ATS 652Satellite measurements; basic orbits and observing systems; applications of remote probing and imaging to investigations of atmospheric processesOffered spring even years
741Radar Meteorology 3 (3-0-0) ATS 652Radar systems; radar equation and applications; multiple Doppler observation and processing; radar studies of mesoscale systemsOffered spring odd years
742Tropical Meteorology 2 (2-0-0) ATS 601, ATS 602, ATS 606Overview of the tropical atmosphere, monsoons, intraseasonal variability, hurricanes, theory of tropical convection and the large-scale circulationOffered spring even years
743Interaction of the Ocean and Atmosphere 3 (3-0-0) ATS 601 and ATS 602Ocean-atmosphere interactions in observations, theory, and models. Time mean atmosphere-ocean circulations through climate variability and changeOffered spring odd years
745Atmospheric General Circulation Modeling 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602, ATS 605Theories of the atmospheric general circulation. Numerical modeling findings. Index cycles, blocking action, transient vs. standing wave activityOffered spring even years
750Climate Dynamics: Atmospheric Variability 3 (3-0-0) ATS 605, ATS 655Analysis and interpretation of large-scale variability and observed climate changeOffered fall even years
752Inverse Methods in Atmospheric Science2 (2-0-0) PhD standing in ATS or written permission of instructorProvides an introduction to inverse modeling, with application to remote sensing retrievals, flux inversions, and data assimilationOffered fall even years
753Global Hydrologic Cycle 3 (3-0-0) ATS 601, ATS 622 or ATS 652Hydrologic cycle; moisture transport and air-ground exchange; water budgets of meteorological phenomena; climatology of atmospheric waterOffered spring even years
755Theoretical and Applied Climatology 3 (3-0-0) ATS 606Current topics in climate researchOffered fall even years
760Global Carbon Cycle 2 (2-0-0) ATS 606Exchanges of CO2 between the atmosphere, the land surface, and oceans; biogeochemical processes; micrometeorological and inverse flux estimationOffered spring odd years
761Land-Atmosphere Interactions2 (2-0-) ATS 606Exchange of energy, water, momentum, and carbon between the land surface and the atmosphere
762Biosphere-Chemistry-Climate Interactions 2 (2-0-0) ATS 621Explore the sensitivity of the climate system to atmospheric chemical composition with emphasis on connections to biosphereic processes and feedbacksOffered spring odd years
772Aerosol Physics, Chemistry, Clouds & Climate 3 (3-0-0) CHEM 114, MATH 161, PH 122 or PH 142This course provides a detailed overview of the physics and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols including composition, size, and interaction with radiation and clouds. We develop research-grade models of aerosols, clouds, and radiation.Offered fall odd years
780Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVariesThe following courses have been offered:
Cloud Microphysical Analysis and Modeling
Meteorological Applications of GPS
Atmospheric Electricity
Atmospheric Response to Climate Change
781Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVariesThe following courses have been offered:
Cloud Microphysical Analysis and Modeling
Meteorological Applications of GPS
Atmospheric Electricity
784Supervised College TeachingVariesPrior consent of instructor, advisor, and department headCollege Teaching
786Practicum VariesPracticum
795Independent StudyVariesGeneral Atmospheric Science
796Group StudyVariesGeneral Atmospheric Science
799A-V DissertationVaries
ATS 799A Atmospheric Dynamics W. Schubert
ATS 799B Land-Atmosphere Interactions S. Denning
ATS 799C Chemistry-Climate Interactions C. Heald
ATS 799D Weather Systems R. Schumacher
ATS 799E Remote Sensing C. Kummerow
ATS 799F Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions E. Maloney
ATS 799G General Circulation D. Randall
ATS 799H Remote Sensing of Climate C. O'Dell
ATS 799I Atmospheric Chemistry S. Kreidenweis
ATS 799J Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics J. Pierce
ATS 799K Dynamic Meteorology T. Birner
ATS 799L Satellite Applications T. Vonder Haar
ATS 799M Mesoscale Meteorology R. Johnson
ATS 799N Dynamics/Physics-Clouds W. Cotton
ATS 799O Mesoscale Modeling S. van den Heever
ATS 799P Radiation Theory G. Stephens
ATS 799Q Radar Meteorology S. Rutledge
ATS 799R Aerosol & Cloud Chemistry J. Collett
ATS 799S Climate Dynamics D. Thompson
ATS 799U Tropospheric Chemistry E. Fischer
ATS 799V Atmospheric Variability L. Barnes

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