ATM S 535
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.
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
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