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MET 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.

MET 215. Climatology.
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.

MET 216. 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.

MET 240. 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.

MET 279. 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 216.

MET 290. 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.

MET 319. Tropical Meteorology.
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.

MET 330. 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.

MET 350. 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.

MET 369/569. Atmospheric Thermodynamics.
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.

MET 372/572. 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.

MET 373/573. 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.

MET 385/585. 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.

MET 430/530. 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.

MET 435/535. Radar Meteorology.
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.

MET 440/540. 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.

MET 480/580. 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.

MET 481/581. 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: MET 480.

MET 486/586. 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.

MET 490/590. 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.

MET 495. Independent Study.
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.

MET 497. Honors Work in Meteorology.
Cr. 3. See Honors Work, page 54.

MET 498. Honors Candidacy in Meteorology.
Cr. 3. See Honors Work, page 54.

 

 

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