Atmospheric Science (ATMO)


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1100. [GEOL 1147, 1447] Atmospheric Science Laboratory (1). Discussion and practical experience in weather analysis, methods of instrumentation, and observational meteorology. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

1300. [GEOL 1347, 1447] Introduction to Atmospheric Science (3). An investigation of atmospheric properties and physical processes that determine current weather events and long-term climate conditions. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.



2301. Weather, Climate, and Human Activities (3). Prerequisites: ATMO 1100 and 1300. Observation and analysis of the impacts of weather and climate on human activity, e.g., storms, climate change, forecasting, weather modification, health, energy, transportation. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.

2316. Severe and Hazardous Weather (3). Prerequisites: ATMO 1100, 1300. A study of the meteorology behind severe and hazardous weather phenomena focusing on events affecting the U.S., especially the Great Plains and adjacent regions of Texas.



3301. General Meteorology (3). Prerequisites: ATMO 1100, 1300, and MATH 1451. An exploration of the quantitative foundation for atmospheric processes built on basic radiative, fluid and thermodynamic physics and applied over a range of scales. Fulfills Core Technology and Applied Science requirement.



4300. Independent Studies in Atmospheric Science (3). Prerequisites: ATMO 1100, 1300, and consent of instructor. Atmospheric sciences minors only. Independent studies in atmospheric science. May be repeated once for credit.

4312. Undergraduate Research (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor. Independent research in an area of current interest in atmospheric sciences. (Writing Intensive)



5101. Atmospheric Science Seminar (1). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Discussions of current research or selected topics of interest. May be repeated for credit.

5301. Individual Studies in Atmospheric Science (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A structured independent graduate studies course under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

5302. Weather, Climate, and Applications (3). Basic principles of atmospheric science, with particular emphasis on applications, including severe weather, air pollution, and global climate change.

5316. Dynamics of Severe Storms (3). Observations and theoretical studies of severe storms. Conceptual and numerical models of storm structure and development.

5319. Boundary Layer Meteorology (3). Boundary-layer turbulent transfer processes are examined, including diffusion, mixing, diabatic modification, low-level jet formation, and moisture discontinuities.

5321. Cloud and Precipitation Physics (3). Processes of cloud droplet nucleation; initial growth of droplets and cloud droplet size spectra; theories of natural precipitation processes and microphysical parameterizations.

5322. Atmospheric Electricity (3). Electrical processes in the atmosphere and in weather: ionosphere and global circuit, storm electrification, lightning physics and phenomenology, relationships between lightning and convection, measurement.

5327. Radar Meteorology (3). Applications of radar to investigation of precipitating weather systems. Emphasis is given to analysis and interpretation of radar data in conjunction with other data sources.

5328. Synoptic and Mesoscale Dynamics (3). Development of a conceptual and theoretical understanding of quasi-and semigeostrophic theory, omega-equations, PV-Thinking, cyclogenesis, frontogenesis, gravity waves, instabilities.

5331. Analysis of Geophysical Data Fields (3). Theory, computation, and application of Fourier, time series, spectral, statistical, and data assimilation techniques.

5332. Regional Scale Numerical Weather Prediction (3). Numerical solutions of geophysical systems, predictability of the atmosphere, and data assimilation techniques.

5351. Meteorological Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Systems (3). Exploration, design, integration and application of meteorological data acquisition and instrumentation systems.

5353. Meteorologic Field Experiments (3). An overview of designing, planning, and completing atmospheric field experiments.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).



7000. Research (V1-12).

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