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Robert Wood
ATM S 431
Seattle Campus

Boundary-Layer Meteorology

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.

Class description

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

Lectures

Recommended preparation

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


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Robert Wood
Date: 09/14/2013