ATM S 431
Introduction to boundary-layer meteorology. Surface energy budgets, structure and evolution of boundary layers, and basic ideas of turbulence theory. Prerequisite: either ATM S 340 or PHYS 224. Offered: A.
Introduction to boundary-layer meteorology. Surface energy budget, structure and evolution of boundary layers, and basic ideas of turbulence theory.
Student learning goals
students will understand the major energy flows that determine the surface energy budget
students will understand how the subsurface structure of the soil impacts the surface air temperature
students will understand the major factors controlling atmospheric boundary layer structure, including its vertical structure and depth
students will be able to incorporate the effects of viscosity into the equations of motion to predict simple near-surface flows
students will appreciate how turbulence affects near-surface atmospheric structure
students will understand how viscous concepts can be used to represent the effects of turbulence
General method of instruction
ATM S 340 or PHYS 224. Or by permission of the instructor.
Class assignments and grading
Homeworks: a mixture of quantitative and qualitative exercises
20% biweekly quizzes, 40% final, 40% homework