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Robert Wood
ATM S 535
Seattle Campus

Cloud Microphysics and Dynamics

Basic concepts of cloud microphysics, water continuity in clouds, cloud dynamics, and cloud models. Prerequisite: ATM S 501 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ESS 573; Sp.

Class description

Introduction to cloud microphysics: cloud-forming aerosols, thermodynamical processes important for cloud droplet formation and growth, cloud droplet activation, condensational growth, coalescence and rain formation, ice processes. Introduction to different cloud types, structures and dynamics, and evolution

Student learning goals

Students will gain an appreciation for cloud processes in the atmosphere

Students will learn the theoretical basis for cloud microphysical processes

Students will understand why different types of clouds form and understand their relationship to the large scale atmospheric state

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

ATM S 501 or by permission of instructor. A good grounding in basic meteorology is important.

Class assignments and grading

Quantitative and qualitative exercises

30% midterm; 30% final; 40% homework

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 Robert Wood
Date: 02/14/2013