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Courses in Atmospheric Science (ATM)

Questions pertaining to the following courses should be directed to the instructor or to the Land, Air and Water Resources Teaching Center in 1150 Plant & Environmental Sciences Building 530-752-1603.

Lower Division

5. Global Climate Change (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Scientific concepts needed to understand climate and climate change. Principles of regional variations in climate. Understanding observed seasonal, decadal and millennial changes. Analysis of the Antarctic ozone hole, El Nino and human-induced global warming. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL.—S. (S.) Ullrich

6. Fundamentals of Atmospheric Pollution (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Effects of human emissions on the atmosphere: smog, ozone pollution, and ozone depletion; indoor air pollution; global warming; acid rain. Impacts of these problems on the earth, ecosystems, and humans. Strategies to reduce
atmospheric pollution. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, VL.—F. (F.) Anastasio

10. Severe and Unusual Weather (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: high school physics. Introduction to physical principles of severe and unusual weather: flood, blizzards, thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Emphasis on scientific perspective and human context. Not open to students who have received credit for course 100. (Former course 100.) GE credit: SciEng, Wrt | QL, SE, SL, VL.—F, W. (F, W.) Chen, Grotjahn, Paw U

60. Introduction to Atmospheric Science (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Mathematics 16A or 21A and Physics 5A, 7A or 9A. Fundamental principles of the physics, chemistry, and fluid dynamics underlying weather and climate. Solar radiation, the greenhouse effect, and the thermal budget of the Earth. Clouds and their formation, convection, precipitation, mid-latitude storm systems. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—F. (F.) Faloona

92. Atmospheric Science Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing and consent of instructor. Internship off and on campus in atmospheric science. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

Upper Division

110. Weather Observation and Analysis (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 60. Acquisition, distribution and analysis of meteorological data. Vertical sounding analysis, stability indices, probability of local severe weather, weather map analysis. Use of National Weather Service analyses and forecast products. Laboratory makes use of computer-generated analyses. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | OL, QL, SE, VL.—S. Chen

111. Weather Analysis and Prediction (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: courses 110, 121B, 111L (concurrently), knowledge of a programming language. Tools for analyzing observed properties of mid-latitude weather systems. The analysis-forecast system, including various weather forecast models. General structure and properties of mid-latitude weather systems. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—W. Grotjahn

111LY. Weather Analysis and Prediction Laboratory (2)

Laboratory—2 hours; web virtual lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 111 (concurrently). Subjective and objective analysis of weather data. Web-based learning of the analysis-forecast system and various weather forecasting situations. Weather map interpretation and forecast discussions. (P/NP grading only.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | OL, QL, SE, VL.—W. Grotjahn

112. Weather Forecasting Practice (2)

Discussion—2 hours; laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 110. Formal practice in preparing local weather forecasts. Analysis of current weather conditions and recent model performance. Verification and discussion of prior forecast. Interpretation of current forecast model guidance. Posting of forecast. May be repeated for credit up to three times. (P/NP grading only.)—F. (F.) Grotjahn

115. Hydroclimatology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 60. Examination of climate as the forcing function for the hydrologic system. Emphasis on seasonal variations in the relationship between precipitation and evapotranspiration for meso-scale areas. Watershed modeling of floods and drought for evaluating the effects of climatic fluctuations. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—S. (S.)

116. Climate Change (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: University Writing Program 1; consent of instructor. Climate trends and patterns spanning the recent past and the future. Emphasis on natural processes that produce climate variations and human influence on these processes. Evidence of climate change and the role of global climate models in understanding climate variability. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, WE.—(S.) Anastasio

120. Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics (4)

Lecture—3 hours, extensive problem solving. Prerequisite: Mathematics 21C, Physics 9B, course 60 (may be taken concurrently). Atmospheric composition and structure, thermodynamics of atmospheric gases, thermal properties of dry and moist air, atmospheric stability; cloud nucleation, cloud growth by condensation and collision, cloud models. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—F. (F.) Faloona

121A. Atmospheric Dynamics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive problem solving. Prerequisite: course 120, Mathematics 21D, Physics 9B. Fundamental forces of atmospheric flow; noninertial reference frames; development of the equations of motion for rotating stratified atmospheres; isobaric and natural coordinate systems; geostrophic flow; thermal wind; circulation and vorticity. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—W. (W.) Chen, Nathan, Ulrich

121B. Atmospheric Dynamics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive problem solving. Prerequisite: course 121A. Dynamics of fluid motion in geophysical systems; quasi-geostrophic theory; fundamentals of wave propagation in fluids; Rossby waves; gravity waves; fundamentals of hydrodynamic instability; two-level model; baroclinic instability and cyclogenesis. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—S. (S.) Chen

124. Meteorological Instruments and Observations (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 60; Physics 5C. Modern meteorological instruments and their use in meteorological observations and measurements. Both standard and micrometeorological instruments are included. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL.—(F.) Paw U

128. Radiation and Satellite Meteorology (4)

Laboratory/discussion—3 hours; extensive problem solving—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 60, Physics 9B, Mathematics 22B, 21D. Concepts of atmospheric radiation and the use of satellites in remote sensing. Emphasis on the modification of solar and infrared radiation by the atmosphere. Estimation from satellite data of atmospheric variables such as temperatures and cloudiness. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—W. (W.) Nathan

133. Biometeorology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: one course in a biological discipline and Mathematics 16B or consent of instructor. Atmospheric and biological interactions. Physical and biological basis for water vapor, carbon dioxide and energy exchanges with the atmosphere associated with plants and animals, including humans. Microclimate of plant canopies and microclimatic modification such as frost protection and windbreaks. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL.—W. (W.) Paw U

149. Air Pollution (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Mathematics 21D, 22B; C- or better in Chemistry 2B; Atmospheric Science 121A or C- or better in Engineering 103. Physical and technical aspects of air pollution. Emphasis on geophysical processes and air pollution meteorology as well as physical and chemical properties of pollutants. (Same course as Civil and Environmental Engineering 149.) GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—F. (F.) Cappa

150. Introduction to Computer Methods in Physical Sciences (4)

Lecture—3 hour; lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: Mathematics 22B, Physics 9B, and a computer programming course such as Engineering Computer Science 30. Additional courses in fluid dynamics (course 121A or Engineering 103) and in Fourier transforms (Mathematics 118C or Physics 104A) are helpful, but not required. Computational techniques used in physical sciences. Integral and differential equation numerical solution: mainly finite differencing and spectral (Fourier transform) methods. Time series applications (time-permitting). Specific applications drawn from meteorology. Accelerated introduction to FORTRAN including programming assignments. Enrollment limited to 12, preference to Atmospheric Science majors. (P/NP grading only.) Offered irregularly. GE credit: SE.—F. (F.) Grotjahn

158. Boundary-Layer Meteorology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 121A. Dynamics of the atmosphere nearest the Earth's surface. Friction and heat transfer. Properties of turbulent flows; statistical and spectral techniques; use and interpretation of differential equations. Emphasis on the importance to weather, air pollution, and the world's oceans. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—(S.) Faloona

160. Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Chemistry 2B. Quantitative examination of current local, regional and global problems in atmospheric chemistry (including photochemical smog, acid deposition, climate change, and stratospheric ozone depletion) using fundamental concepts from chemistry. Basic chemical modeling of atmospheric reaction systems. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL.—W. Anastasio

192. Atmospheric Science Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: completion of 84 units and consent of instructor. Internship off and on campus in atmospheric science. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: three upper division units in Atmospheric Science. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: three upper division units in Atmospheric Science and at least an overall B average. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

Graduate

215. Advanced Hydroclimatology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 115. Theoretical and applied aspects of energy and mass fluxes linking the earth's surface, atmosphere, and hydrologic system. Emphasis on regional scale analysis and modeling, spatial data representation, and climate change influences on precipitation and its hydroclimatic expression. Offered irregularly.—S. (S.)

221. Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 121B. Conditions for instability in stratified atmospheres; baroclinic instability; forced topographic Rossby Waves; wave-mean flow interaction theory; tropical dynamics; stratospheric dynamics. Offered in alternate years.—(W.) Nathan

223. Advanced Boundary-Layer Meteorology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 230. Characteristics of the atmospheric boundary layer under convective and nocturnal conditions. Heat budget at the surface and boundary layer forcing. Similarity theory and scaling of the boundary layer. Measurement and simulation techniques. Offered in alternate years.—(S.) Faloona

230. Atmospheric Turbulence (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite:+ course 121B or 158. Dynamics and energetics of turbulence in the atmosphere including vorticity dynamics. Statistical description of turbulence; Eulerian and Lagrangian scales, spectral analysis, conditional sampling techniques. Turbulent diffusion; the closure problem, gradient-diffusion and second-order methods. Offered in alternate years.—W. Paw U

231. Advanced Air Pollution Meteorology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisites: Course 149A, 160 and one course in fluid dynamics. Processes determining transport and diffusion of primary and secondary pollutants. Models of chemical transformation, of the atmospheric boundary layer and of mesoscale wind fields, as applicable to pollutant dispersion problems. Offered irregularly.—F. (F.) 

233. Advanced Biometeorology (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 133 or consent of instructor. Current topics in biometeorology. Physical and biological basis for water vapor, other gases, and energy exchange with the atmosphere. Topics include modeling and measuring turbulent transport from plant canopies, surface temperatures and energy budgets, bio-aerosol physics and aerobiology. Offered in alternate years.—(W.) Paw U

240. General Circulation of the Atmosphere (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 121B. Large-scale, observed atmospheric properties. Radiation, momentum, and energy balances derived and compared with observations. Lectures and homework synthesize observations and theories, then apply them to understand the large-scale circulations. Offered in alternate years—F. Grotjahn

241. Climate Dynamics (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 121B. Dynamics of large-scale climatic variations over time periods from weeks to centuries. Description of the appropriate methods of analysis of atmospheric and oceanic observations. Conservation of mass, energy and momentum. Introduction to the range of climate simulations.Offered in alternate years.—(F.) Ullrich

245. Climate Change, Water and Society (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Class size limited to 25 students. Integration of climate science and hydrology with policy to understand hydroclimatology and its impact upon natural and human systems. Assignments: readings, take-home examination on climate and hydrologic science, paper that integrates course concepts into a research prospectus or review article. (Same course as Hydrologic Sciences 245 and Ecology 245.)—F. (F.) Fogg, Lubell, Ullrich

250. Meso-Scale Meteorology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing, course 150, a course in partial differential equations; or consent of instructor. The study of weather phenomena with horizontal spatial dimensions between 2.5 and 2500 kilometers. Methods of observational study and numerical modeling of the structure and temporal behavior of these weather systems. Offered in alternate years.—(W.) Chen

255. Numerical Modeling of the Atmosphere (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 121B and Engineering 5; course 150 recommended. Principles of numerical modeling of the dynamic, thermodynamic and physical processes of the atmosphere. Hands-on experiments on model development using the shallow water equations and the primitive equations. Operational forecast models. Offered in alternate years.—W. Chen

260. Atmospheric Chemistry (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 160. Chemistry and photochemistry in tropospheric condensed phases (fog, cloud, and rain drops and aerosol particles). Gas-drop and gas-particle partitioning of compounds and effects of reactions in condensed phases on the fates and transformations of tropospheric chemical species. Offered in alternate years.—S. Anastasio

265. The Art of Climate Modeling (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 121A. Over the past fifty years, global models have given us incredible insight into the Earth system. This course provides an introduction to these models, with a focus on their design and the science questions they have been built to address. Offered irregularly.—S. (S.) Ullrich

270A. Topics in Atmospheric Science: Meteorological Statistics (1-3)

Discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent or instructor. Applications and concepts in meteorological statistics.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

270B. Topics in Atmospheric Science: Computer Modeling of the Atmosphere (1-3)

Discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent or instructor. Applications and concepts in computer modeling of the atmosphere.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

270C. Topics in Atmospheric Science: Design of Experiments and Field Studies in Meteorology (1-3)

Discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent or instructor. Applications and concepts in design of experiments and field studies in meteorology.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

270D. Topics in Atmospheric Science: Solar and Infrared Radiation in the Atmosphere (1-3)

Discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent or instructor. Applications and concepts in solar and infrared radiation in the atmosphere.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

270E. Topics in Atmospheric Science: Aerosol and Cloud Physics (1-3)

Discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent or instructor. Applications and concepts in aerosol and cloud physics.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

270F. Topics in Atmospheric Science: Atmospheric Chemistry (1-3)

Discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent or instructor. Applications and concepts in atmospheric chemistry.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

270G. Topics in Atmospheric Science: General Meteorology (1-3)

Discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent or instructor. Applications and concepts in general meteorology.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

280A. Air Quality Policy in the Real World (4)

Project. Prerequisite: consent of instructor; Atmospheric Science 149 or Engineering: Civil and Environmental 149, and Engineering: Civil and Environmental 242 or equivalent. In-depth investigation of an air quality problem with a team and mentor from government or industry. Science, engineering and policy will be involved. Findings will be presented orally and in writing. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) Offered irregularly.—F, S. (F, S.) 

280B. Air Quality Policy in the Real World (4)

Project. Prerequisite: course 280A; consent of instructor. In-depth investigation of an air quality problem with a team and mentor from government or industry. Science, engineering and policy will be involved. Findings will be presented orally and in writing. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) Offered irregularly.—F, S. (F, S.) 

290. Seminar (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Atmospheric Science or related field. Current developments in selected areas of atmospheric research. Topics will vary according to student and faculty interests. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

291A. Research Conference in Atmospheric Science; Air Quality Meteorology (1-3)

Lecture/discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Review and discussion of current literature and research in Air Quality Meteorology. May be repeated up to 6 units for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

291B. Research Conference in Atmospheric Science; Biometeorology (1-3)

Lecture/discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Review and discussion of current literature and research in Biometeorology. May be repeated up to 6 units for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

291C. Research Conference in Atmospheric Science; Boundary Layer Meteorology (1-3)

Lecture/discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Review and discussion of current literature and research in Boundary Layer Meteorology. May be repeated up to 6 units for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

291D. Research Conference in Atmospheric Science; Climate Change (1-3)

Lecture/discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Review and discussion of current literature and research in Climate Change. May be repeated up to 6 units for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

291E. Research Conference in Atmospheric Science; General Meteorology (1-3)

Lecture/discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Review and discussion of current literature and research in General Meteorology. May be repeated up to 6 units for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

291F. Research Conference in Atmospheric Science; Atmospheric Chemistry (1-3)

Lecture/discussion—1-3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Review and discussion of current literature and research in Atmospheric Chemistry. May be repeated up to 6 units for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

298. Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

299. Research (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

Professional

393. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

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