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David S Battisti
ATM S 442
Seattle Campus

Atmospheric Motions II

Wave dynamics, numerical prediction, development of midlatitude synoptic systems, and general circulation. Includes laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: ATM S 441. Offered: W.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Homework problem sets; computer-based laboratory; synoptic map analysis

Homework: 25%; Laboratory 25%; Quizes 25%; Final exam 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David S Battisti
Date: 01/02/2005