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Gerard H Roe
ESS 516
Seattle Campus

Geophysics: The Atmosphere

Phenomena of the lower atmosphere: some simple applications of the principles of classical thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and radiative transfer to the atmospheric hydrological cycle, global energy balance, and atmospheric dynamics and climate. Includes advanced, research-oriented problems. Prerequisite: ESS 514.

Class description

The course is intended to be a broad survey of the atmosphere. It is particularly useful for Earth Scientists who do intend to use, but not specialize in, the Atmospheric Sciences.

We will cover a basic introduction to the atmosphere and climate, including weather forecasting, large scale atmospheric dynamics, radiation, and climate change.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Mainly lectures and homework assignments. If there is interest and time allows there will be computer lab exercises, analyzing and interpreting climate data. Class presentations and weather discussions.

Recommended preparation

No previous knowledge about the atmosphere will be assumed. Although the subject is unavoidably quantitative, Math requirements are not fiendish. Some basic calculus will be used. Basic physics and thermodynamics will be useful. If in doubt, contact me for more information

Class assignments and grading

Classroom topics will be expored further in homeworks, and a midterm. A term paper (including presentation) will also be set.

33% homework, 33% midterm, 33% term paper


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 Gerard H Roe
Date: 03/13/2003