David S Battisti
ATM S 442
Wave dynamics, numerical prediction, development of midlatitude synoptic systems, and general circulation. Includes laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: ATM S 441. Offered: W.
This course surveys the dynamics of synoptic and mesoscale disturbances including extratropical cyclones inertia-gravity waves, and topographically forced flows. We will also consider atmospheric adjustment to geostrophy in extratropical latitudes. Insight into the dynamics of these features is gained through systematic simplification of the governing equations applied to idealized, but realistic, approximations of atmospheric structure. In the final portion of the course we will examine the importance of the syntopic scale phenomenon for understanding the general circulation of the atmosphere.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and Laboratory
Class assignments and grading
Homework problem sets; computer-based laboratory; synoptic map analysis
Homework: 25%; Laboratory 25%; Quizes 25%; Final exam 25%