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Spring 2010-2011
* GEO 423  

Introduction to Atmospheric Science: Dynamic Meteorology

David M. Medvigy

This course provides the rigorous introduction to the moving atmosphere needed to understand Earth's weather and climate. The fundamental forces of the atmosphere (pressure gradient, gravity, and Coriolis) and conservation laws (mass, momentum, energy) will be developed. Approximations relevant to Earth's large-scale circulation and regional-scale extreme events will be discussed. Important consequences of atmospheric turbulence will also be covered. Throughout, connections between dynamical equations and atmospheric observations will be strongly emphasized.

Sample reading list:
James R. Holton (Required Reading), An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology; 2004
H. M. Schey (Suggested), Div, Grad, Curl, and All That; 1996
M. Wallace and P. V. Hobbs (Suggested), Atmospheric Science, 2nd Edit.: An Introductory Survey; 2006

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly problem sets

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Problem set(s) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One 200-level math course or instructor's permission.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43686 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   154   Enrolled:8 Limit:20