David S Battisti
ATM S 504
Wave dynamics, numerical prediction, development of midlatitude synoptic systems, and general circulation. Prerequisite: either ATM S 441 or ATM S 503. Offered: W.
This course surveys the dynamics of synoptic- and meso-scale disturbances including extratropical cyclones and fronts, inertia-gravity waves, and topographically forced flows. We will also consider atmospheric adjustment to geostrophy in extratropical latitudes and normal modes of the tropical atmosphere. 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.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and Lab
Class assignments and grading
Homework problem sets; computer-based laboratory; synoptic map analysis
Homework: 25%; Laboratory 25%; Quizes 25%; Final exam 25%.