103. Introduction to Meteorology.
2+4, Cr. 4. An introductory course providing a general overview
of atmospheric science with emphasis on midlatitude cyclones
and anticyclones, air masses, atmospheric stability, precipitation
processes and convection. May be used to partially fulfill
the Natural Science component of the General Education Requirements.
Prerequisite: MATH 110 or placement higher than MATH 110 on
the math placement examination.
2+2, Cr. 3. A study of the scope and controls of climate and
an investigation at the global, regional and local scales.
Included are climate classification, climate models and climate
change. Prerequisite: MET 103 or consent of the instructor.
Introduction to Meteorological Observation and Analysis.
Cr. 3. Introduces the student to upper-air, surface and radar
observation codes; elementary techniques of surface and constant
pressure map analysis; case studies of various examples. Introduction
to atmospheric observing systems, emphasizing those being
phased in by the National Weather Service, including conventional
and Doppler radar, satellite interpretation, wind profiler
systems, ASOS, and McIDAS. Prerequisite: MET 103 and MATH
131 or 151.
Introduction to Climate Change.
Cr. 3. An exploration of past climate changes and the issue
of contemporary anthropogenic greenhouse warming. Students
will gain an understanding of the major forcing mechanisms
behind climate change, as well as the feedbacks that are important
in the climate system. Not open to students who have received
credit for MET 440. Prerequisites: MET 103 or consent of instructor.
Severe Storm Prediction and Nowcasting.
Cr. 3. Introduces the student to the structure of supercell
and multicell thunderstorms and tornadoes, as well as their
synoptic or mesoscale environments. Examines current methods
of forecasting convective weather systems. Prerequisite: MET
Topics in Meteorology.
Cr. 1-3. Seminar in selected meteorological topics appropriate
for more intensive investigation at the intermediate level,
with an emphasis on the relationship between meteorology and
other disciplines. Topics may include remote sensing, natural
hazards, and meteorology in the humanities or social sciences.
May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite:
MET 103 or consent of instructor.
Cr. 3. Introduction to the synoptics and dynamics of tropical
weather systems, including their interaction with and influence
on the global circulation. Topics include oceanic current
systems, monsoons, tropical cyclones, ENSO, and local/mesoscale
circulations. Prerequisite: MET 216 and MATH 131 or 151.
Meteorological Computer Applications.
Cr. 3. An introduction to computing in an atmospheric science
context. FORTRAN programming in Windows and UNIX environments
is used to analyze meteorological processes such as convention,
advection, phase changes, etc. Additional programming languages
may be included as appropriate. Prerequisite: MET 216.
Boundary Layer Meteorology.
Cr. 3 A study of the physical processes of the earth's boundary
layer and microclimate. Topics will include turbulent transfer
in the boundary layer, the surface energy balance, turbulent
fluxes of heat, moisture, and momentum, evapotranspiration,
and the modification of weather and climate due to surface
and boundary layer conditions. Prerequisite: MET 103 and MATH
131 or 151.
Cr. 3. Survey of the atmospheric system, including basic characteristics
and variables; radiation thermodynamics; vertical temperature
structures; stability concepts and evaluation; physics of
clouds and precipitation processes. Prerequisites: MATH 253
and MET 216.
Atmospheric Dynamics I.
3+2, Cr. 4. A general survey of the fundamental forces and
laws that govern atmospheric processes, particularly those
motions associated with weather and climate. Emphases are
on the applications of the basic equations of motion, atmospheric
thermodynamics, gradient and geostrophic flow, and the general
circulation. Prerequisites: MATH 253 and MET 216.
Atmospheric Dynamics II.
3+2, Cr. 4. Second semester dynamics course emphasizing quasi-geostrophic
dynamics; wave motions, barotropic and baroclinic instabilities;
cyclones, air masses, fronts and frontogenesis, various development
theories; cyclone climatologies, jet streaks, and secondary
thermal circulations. Laboratory case studies and exercises.
Prerequisite: MET 372.
Field Study in Meteorology.
0+4, Cr. 3. Field work emphasizing aspects of meteorological
analysis and forecasting. Topics include severe storm prediction,
spotting and interception and aviation meteorology. May be
repeated for credit if the topics are different. Additional
fees charged to cover expenses.
Numerical Weather Prediction.
Cr. 3. An introduction to numerical modeling techniques and
weather prediction models: model fundamentals, structures,
dynamics, physical parameterization, and model forecast diagnostics.
Students will gain experience running simple codes and study
different aspects and intelligent use of weather models. Prerequisite:
MET 330 and MATH 370.
Cr. 3. A study of the theoretical and operational principles
of meteorological radar, including dual-polarization methodologies.
This course focuses on applications and techniques of Doppler
weather radar. Prerequisites: MET 216 and MATH 253.
Global Climate Change.
Cr. 3. An examination of the physical processes of global
climate change, both past and future. The emphasis will be
on the issues of future climate change, including greenhouse
forcing and important atmospheric and oceanic feedback mechanisms.
The course will also investigate local and regional climate
changes resulting from land use, such as deforestation and
desertification. In addition to discussing relevant literature,
students will explore several climate data sets. Prerequisite:
MET 215 and MATH 131 or 151.
Synoptic Scale Analysis and Forecasting.
3+2, Cr. 4. Historic perspective of the extratropical cyclone;
air masses and frontal systems; formation and growth of extratropical
cyclones; distribution of cyclones and cyclone tracks; basic
satellite interpretation; operational forecast models; forecasting
rules of thumb; selected case studies; forecast problems,
including space and time considerations. Students prepare
and present forecasts and answer public inquiries via a weatherphone
service. Prerequisites: MET 216 and 373.
Mesoscale Analysis and Forecasting.
3+2, Cr. 4. Introduction to mesoscale meteorology and analysis,
classification and forecasting challenges; analysis techniques;
mechanically/thermally driven circulations, including land-sea
breezes and lake effect snow; downslope flows; synoptic setting
for severe weather; atmospheric stability; analysis and forecast
procedures; convection theory; thunderstorm models, isolated
convective systems, organized convective systems and tornadoes;
atmospheric discontinuities; drylines, outflow boundaries,
fronts; introduction to atmospheric observing systems. Prerequisite:
Internship in Meteorology.
Cr. 1-6. Students gain experience by working in National Weather
Service offices, government laboratories, private consulting
firms, or media and broadcasting stations. Prerequisites:
meteorology or broadcast meteorology major and consent of
internship coordinator. S/U grade only.
Selected Topics in Meteorology.
Cr. 1-3. Advanced studies in applied and theoretical meteorology,
Topics such as weather systems analysis, micrometeorology
and atmospheric observing systems may be considered. May be
repeated when topic is different. Prerequisite: MET 103 and
216 and consent of instructor.
Cr. 1-3. Individual research readings on a topic in meteorology
agreed upon by a student and a faculty member of his/her choice
from the Department. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing
and consent of the Chair of the Department.
Honors Work in Meteorology.
Cr. 3. See Honors Work, page 54.
Honors Candidacy in Meteorology.
Cr. 3. See Honors Work, page 54.