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Credits (example): 4(2 2 1) The first figure indicates total credits for this course, the second figure lecture hours per week, the third figure laboratory hours per week, and the fourth figure discussion/recitation hours per week.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor is implied whether so stated or not. Prerequisites may be met by presenting evidence of credits earned in equivalent courses or by demonstrating knowledge equivalent to indicated prerequisites.

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Undergraduate Level (Normal)

Course Title Credits Requisites Description Offered
150 Physical Basis of Climate Change 3 (3-0-0) None Energy budget of the earth, the greenhouse effect, carbon cycle, paleoclimate, projections of 21st century climate. Offered spring
350 Introduction to Weather and Climate. 2 (2-0-0) None Behavior of the atmosphere and its influence upon man's activities Offered fall
351 Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory. 1 (0-3-0) ATS 350 or concurrent registration. Actual weather data, visualization of meteorological phenomena, in-depth discussion of current environmental issues. Offered fall
495 Independent StudyVariesVaries General Atmospheric Science
555 Air Pollution 3 (3-0-0) CHEM 113, MATH 261 or MATH 340, PH 122 or PH 142 Nature, ambient concentrations, sources, sinks, and physiological activity of pollutants; meteorology; legislation; social and economic factors. Offered fall even years
560 Air Pollution Measurement 2 (1-3-0) CHEM 114 Examination and application of techniques for air pollution measurement. Includes sampling and analysis of gases, aerosols, and precipitation.
581 Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science2 (2-0-0) Chem 474 or ATA 350 Science, policy and Management of Environmental Issues: Through lecture, discussion, and guest speakers, current environmental issues will be discussed with their science and current government policy. Offered Fall 2015

Undergraduate Level (Restricted)

Course Title Credits Requisites Description Offered
601 Atmospheric Dynamics I 2 (2-0-0) MATH 261, MATH 530 Momentum, continuity equations; circulation, vorticity, thermodynamics; boundary layer; synoptic scale motions in midlatitudes. Offered fall
602 Atmospheric Dynamics II 2 (2-0-0) ATS 601 Sound waves, gravity waves, Rossby waves; numerical weather prediction; baroclinic instability; general circulation; tropical dynamics. Offered spring
604 Atmospheric Modeling 3 (3-0-0) ATS 601 Design of numerical models of the atmosphere, and applications to current problems. Emphasis is on a practical understanding of relevant numerical methods. Offered fall odd years
605 Atmospheric Circulations 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602 or concurrent registration Observations and theory of the general circulation of the atmosphere, with emphasis on understanding physical mechanisms. Offered fall odd years
606 Introduction to Climate 2 (2-0-0) MATH 261 and MATH 530 Exchanges of energy, water, and momentum through the atmosphere, surface, vegetation, and oceans. Climate variability, feedback processes, paleoclimates, and climate change.
607 Computational Methods for Atmospheric Science 3 (2-1-0) ATS 601 or concurrent registration Covers computer programming tools unique to and common in the atmospheric sciences Offered spring
620 Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics 2 (2-0-0) MATH 340, PH 142 Equilibrium thermodynamics, cloud microphysics, cloud dynamics, precipitation formation, and cloud electrification. Offered fall
621 Atmospheric Chemistry 2 (2-0-0) CHEM 114, MATH 340, PH 142 Overview of chemical kinetics and equilibria; sources and sinks of pollutants; photochemistry and smog formation; aqueous-phase chemistry; acid rain. Offered fall
622 Atmospheric Radiation 2 (2-0-0) ATS 620, ATS 602 or concurrent registration Terrestrial, solar radiation propagation in the atmosphere; radiative components in energy budgets, weather systems, climate studies; remote sensing. Offered spring
623 Atmospheric Boundary Layer 2 (2-0-0) ATS 601 or concurrent registration Equations for shallow atmospheric motions; thermal instability of a fluid layer; atmospheric turbulence; flow stability; 1-D mixed layer models. Offered fall even years
631 Introduction to Atmospheric Aerosols 2 (1-3-0) None Physical, chemical, and microphysical characteristics of atmospheric particulate matter; measurement principles and techniques. Offered spring
640 Synoptic Meteorology 2 (1-2-0) ATS 601 or concurrent registration Synoptic-scale weather systems; moist and dry atmospheric variables; static stability; vertical motion; fronts; cyclones and anticyclones. Offered fall
641 Mesoscale Meteorology 2 (1-2-0) ATS 640 Mesoscale weather systems; mesoanalysis techniques; upper- and low-level jets; instabilities; dynamics of convective storms; organized convection. Offered Spring
650 Measurement Systems and Theory 2 (2-0-0) PH 142, STAT 301 Surface and upper air measurement systems; theory and system response, sensor design; automated data collection, analysis and display systems. Offered fall
652 Atmospheric Remote Sensing 2 (2-0-0) ATS 622 Concepts of electromagnetic and acoustic wave propagation; active and passive remote sensing techniques including radar, lidar, thermal emission systems. Offered fall odd years
655 Objective Analysis in the Atmospheric Sciences 3 (3-0-0) MATH 531 Objective analysis of geophysical data: general statistics; matrix methods; time series analysis. Emphasis on applications to real world data. Offered spring
680 Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVaries Since 1976 the following courses have been offered:

Economic Aspects of Weather Forecasting and Climatology (Spring/Summer 1976 with EC 680)
Mountain Meteorology (Summer 1977)
Principles of Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 1977)
Time Series Analysis with Applications to Meteorology and Climatology (Spring 1978)
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (Summer 1979)
Ocean Dynamics (Fall 1980)
Mesoscale Meteorology I (Spring 1981)
Atmospheric Field Measurements (Summer 1981 and Summer 1987)
Mesoscale Dynamics (Spring 1982)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Fall 1983)
Severe Convective Storm Observations and Forecasting Techniques (Summer 1984)
Objective Analysis and initialization (Fall 1984)
Atmospheric Data Analysis (Spring 1989)
Atmospheric Electricity (Fall 1996)
Airborne Air Quality Measurements (Spring 1997)
Modeling of Cloud and Aerosol Chemistry (Spring 1998)
Atmospheric Carbon Cycle (Spring 1999)
Dynamic Data Assimilation (Spring 2000)
Physical Oceanography (Spring 2004)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Fall 2008)
Land-Atmosphere Interaction (Fall 2009)
Satellite Observations (Spring 2010)
Geophysical Fluid Laboratory (Fall 2011)
Computation Methods for Atmospheric Science (Spring 2013)
Applied Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 2013)
Land-Atmosphere Interactions (Fall 2014)
The Global Nitrogen Cycle (Fall 2015)
681 Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVaries Since 1976 the following courses have been offered:

Economic Aspects of Weather Forecasting and Climatology (Spring/Summer 1976 with EC 680)
Mountain Meteorology (Summer 1977)
Principles of Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 1977)
Time Series Analysis with Applications to Meteorology and Climatology (Spring 1978)
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (Summer 1979)
Ocean Dynamics (Fall 1980)
Mesoscale Meteorology I (Spring 1981)
Atmospheric Field Measurements (Summer 1981 and Summer 1987)
Mesoscale Dynamics (Spring 1982)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Fall 1983)
Severe Convective Storm Observations and Forecasting Techniques (Summer 1984)
Objective Analysis and initialization (Fall 1984)
Atmospheric Data Analysis (Spring 1989)
Atmospheric Electricity (Fall 1996)
Airborne Air Quality Measurements (Spring 1997)
Modeling of Cloud and Aerosol Chemistry (Spring 1998)
Atmospheric Carbon Cycle (Spring 1999)
Dynamic Data Assimilation (Spring 2000)
Physical Oceanography (Spring 2004)
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Fall 2008)
Land-Atmosphere Interaction (Fall 2009)
Satellite Observations (Spring 2010)
Geophysical Fluid Laboratory (Fall 2011)
Computation Methods for Atmospheric Science (Spring 2013)
Applied Numerical Weather Prediction (Fall 2013)
693 Responsible Research in Atmospheric Science 1 (1-0-0) Scientific misconduct; ethical publishing; record keeping; data management; professional skills applicable to atmospheric science. Offered spring
695 Independent StudyVaries General Atmospheric Science
699 A-V ThesisVaries
ATS 699A Atmospheric Dynamics W. Schubert
ATS 699B Land-Atmosphere Interactions S. Denning
ATS 699C Chemistry-Climate Interactions C. Heald
ATS 699D Weather Systems R. Schumacher
ATS 699E Remote Sensing C. Kummerow
ATS 699F Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions E. Maloney
ATS 699G General Circulation D. Randall
ATS 699H Remote Sensing of Climate C. O'Dell
ATS 699I Atmospheric Chemistry S. Kreidenweis
ATS 699J Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics J. Pierce
ATS 699K Dynamic Meteorology T. Birner
ATS 699L Satellite Applications T. Vonder Haar
ATS 699M Mesoscale Meteorology R. Johnson
ATS 699N Dynamics/Physics-Clouds W. Cotton
ATS 699O Mesoscale Modeling S. van den Heever
ATS 699P Radiation Theory G. Stephens
ATS 699Q Radar Meteorology S. Rutledge
ATS 699R Aerosol & Cloud Chemistry J. Collett
ATS 699S Climate Dynamics D. Thompson
ATS 699U Tropospheric Chemistry E. Fischer
ATS 699V Atmospheric Variability L. Barnes

Graduate Level (Ph.D.)

Course Title Credits Requisites Description Offered
703 Numerical Weather Prediction 2 (2-0-0) ATS 602 Quasi-geostrophic approximation; barotropic, baroclinic, primitive equation, and general circulation models; numerical methods. Offered fall even years
704 Large-scale Atmospheric Dynamics 2 (2-0-0) ATS 602 Quasi-static, quasi-geostrophic equations; planetary waves; geostrophic adjustment; barotropic, baroclinic instability; frontogenesis; tropical cyclones. Offered fall odd years
707 Atmospheric Waves and Vortices 3 (2-0-1) ATS 605 Atmospheric wave motions on a multitude of spatial and temporal scales. Topics covered include mountain waves, downslope windstorms, breaking waves and hydraulic jumps, vorticity generation via hydraulic jumps, equatorial waves, LaPlace's Tidal equation, atmospheric tides, Eliassen-Palm theorems, wave-mean-flow interaction, QBO, gravity wave critical levels, Kelvin-Helmholtz instablity, stratified shear turbulence, gravity wave breaking, solitary waves and KdV theory, gravity wave and Rossby wave critical layers. Offered fall odd years
708 Middle Atmospheric Dynamics 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602 Dynamics of the stratosphere and mesosphere with emphasis on the lower and middle stratosphere. Offered spring
710 Geophysical Vortices 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602 Dynamical and thermodynamical structure of geophysical vortices from observational, experimental, and theoretical viewpoints. Topics covered include two-dimensional vortex dynamics, invertibility principle, Green functions, point vortex and moment idealizations, vortex axisymmetrization, vortex merger, two-dimensional and three-dimensional quasi-geostrophic turbulence, vortex Rossby waves, Eliassen's balanced vortex model, Ooyama's 1969 hurricane model, Spin down at small and large Rossby number, assymmetric balance (AB) theory, vortex alignment, tropical cyclogenesis and intensification via convectively forced vortex Rossby waves, tornadoes, water spout and dust devils. Offered fall even years
712 Dynamics of Clouds 3 (3-0-0) ATS 623 General theory of cloud dynamics; parameterization of microphysics and radiation; models of fog, stratocumuli, cumulonimbi, and orographic clouds. Offered spring odd years
715 Atmospheric Oxidation Processes 2 (2-0-0) ATS 621 Atmospheric hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide reactions; aqueous phase scavenging and reactions; chemical pathways in the atmosphere. Offered fall odd years
716 Air Quality Characterization 2 (1-2-0) ATS 560 and either ATS 555 or ATS 621 Students plan, execute, and report on a measurement campaign to characterize local air quality. Offered spring
721 Theoretical Topics in Radiative Transfer 3 (3-0-0) ATS 622 Physics of atmospheric radiation; theoretical techniques used to show radiation transfer equation. Offered fall odd years
722 Atmospheric Radiation and Energetics 3 (2-0-1) ATS 622 Radiative transfer in the atmosphere; implications on remote sensing and energetics. Offered spring odd years
724 Cloud Microphysics 2 (2-0-0) ATS 621 Theories and observations of nucleation; cloud droplet spectra broadening; precipitation growth and breakup; ice multiplication; cloud electrification. Offered spring odd years
730 Mesoscale Modeling 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602, ATS 632 Development of basic equations used in mesoscale models and methodology of solution. Offered fall odd years
735 Mesoscale Dynamics 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602 Analysis of physical and dynamical processes that initiate, maintain, and modulate atmospheric mesoscale phenomena. Offered fall odd years
737 Satellite Observation of Atmosphere and Earth 3 (3-0-0) ATS 622, ATS 652 Satellite measurements; basic orbits and observing systems; applications of remote probing and imaging to investigations of atmospheric processes. Offered spring even years
741 Radar Meteorology 3 (3-0-0) ATS 652 Radar systems; radar equation and applications; multiple Doppler observation and processing; radar studies of mesoscale systems. Offered spring odd years
742 Tropical Meteorology 2 (2-0-0) ATS 601, ATS 602, ATS 606 Overview of the tropical atmosphere, monsoons, intraseasonal variability, hurricanes, theory of tropical convection and the large-scale circulation. Offered spring even years
743 Interaction of the Ocean and Atmosphere 3 (3-0-0) ATS 601 and ATS 602 Ocean-atmosphere interactions in observations, theory, and models. Time mean atmosphere-ocean circulations through climate variability and change. Offered spring odd years
745 Atmospheric General Circulation Modeling 3 (3-0-0) ATS 602, ATS 605 Theories of the atmospheric general circulation. Numerical modeling findings. Index cycles, blocking action, transient vs. standing wave activity. Offered spring even years
750 Climate Dynamics: Atmospheric Variability 3 (3-0-0) ATS 605, ATS 655 Analysis and interpretation of large-scale variability and observed climate change. Offered fall even years
752 Inverse Methods in Atmospheric Science2 (2-0-0) PhD standing in ATS or written permission of instructor Provides an introduction to inverse modeling, with application to remote sensing retrievals, flux inversions, and data assimilation. Offered fall even years
753 Global Hydrologic Cycle 3 (3-0-0) ATS 601, ATS 622 or ATS 652 Hydrologic cycle; moisture transport and air-ground exchange; water budgets of meteorological phenomena; climatology of atmospheric water. Offered spring even years
755 Theoretical and Applied Climatology 3 (3-0-0) ATS 606 Current topics in climate research. Offered fall even years
760 Global Carbon Cycle 2 (2-0-0) ATS 606 Exchanges of CO2 between the atmosphere, the land surface, and oceans. Biogeochemical processes. Micrometeorological and inverse flux estimation. Offered spring odd years
761 Land-Atmosphere Interactions2 (2-0-) ATS 606 Exchange of energy, water, momentum, and carbon between the land surface and the atmosphere.
762 Biosphere-Chemistry-Climate Interactions 2 (2-0-0) ATS 621 Explore the sensitivity of the climate system to atmospheric chemical composition with emphasis on connections to biosphereic processes and feedbacks. Offered spring odd years
772 Aerosol Physics, Chemistry, Clouds & Climate 3 (3-0-0) CHEM 114, MATH 161, PH 122 or PH 142 This course provides a detailed overview of the physics and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols including composition, size, and interaction with radiation and clouds. We develop research-grade models of aerosols, clouds, and radiation. Offered fall odd years
780 Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVaries The following courses have been offered:
Cloud Microphysical Analysis and Modeling
Meteorological Applications of GPS
Atmospheric Electricity
Atmospheric's Response to Climate Change
781 Experimental Graduate Courses in Atmospheric Science VariesVaries The following courses have been offered:
Cloud Microphysical Analysis and Modeling
Meteorological Applications of GPS
Atmospheric Electricity
784 Supervised College TeachingVariesPrior consent of instructor, advisor, and department head College Teaching
786 Practicum Varies Practicum
795 Independent StudyVaries General Atmospheric Science
796 Group StudyVaries General Atmospheric Science
799 A-V DissertationVaries
ATS 799A Atmospheric Dynamics W. Schubert
ATS 799B Land-Atmosphere Interactions S. Denning
ATS 799C Chemistry-Climate Interactions C. Heald
ATS 799D Weather Systems R. Schumacher
ATS 799E Remote Sensing C. Kummerow
ATS 799F Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions E. Maloney
ATS 799G General Circulation D. Randall
ATS 799H Remote Sensing of Climate C. O'Dell
ATS 799I Atmospheric Chemistry S. Kreidenweis
ATS 799J Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics J. Pierce
ATS 799K Dynamic Meteorology T. Birner
ATS 799L Satellite Applications T. Vonder Haar
ATS 799M Mesoscale Meteorology R. Johnson
ATS 799N Dynamics/Physics-Clouds W. Cotton
ATS 799O Mesoscale Modeling S. van den Heever
ATS 799P Radiation Theory G. Stephens
ATS 799Q Radar Meteorology S. Rutledge
ATS 799R Aerosol & Cloud Chemistry J. Collett
ATS 799S Climate Dynamics D. Thompson
ATS 799U Tropospheric Chemistry E. Fischer
ATS 799V Atmospheric Variability L. Barnes

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