ATMO 170A. Introduction to Weather and Climate
This is a descriptive introduction to the science of weather processes and climate, including hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, the development of cold fronts and winter storms, clouds, rain and snow, weather forecasting and the wind systems of the world. Special emphasis will be given to natural phenomena which have strong impacts on human activities including El Nino, global warming, ozone depletion, and air pollution. The fundamental importance of physics, chemistry, and mathematics to atmospheric science will be stressed. The course is taught at the level of Meteorology Today by Ahrens.
ATMO 436A/536A. Fundamentals of the Atmospheric Sciences
This is the entry-level quantitative course in atmospheric sciences where students will utilize their previously acquired skills in calculus, differential equations, physics and chemistry. The course broadly covers fundamental topics in the atmospheric sciences, including atmospheric thermodynamics, atmospheric dynamics, cloud physics, solar radiation, composition of the atmosphere, atmospheric chemistry, and climate. The course is taught at the level of Atmospheric Science by Wallace and Hobbs.
ATMO 451A/551A. Physical Meteorology I
This is a quantitative course in atmospheric physics that includes the composition and chemistry of the atmosphere, kinetic theory, the mechanics of ideal and real fluids, aerosol mechanics, atmospheric radiation, scattering, radiative transfer, atmospheric optics, cloud physics, and atmospheric electricity. The course is taught at the level of Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics by Salby.
ATMO 469a/569a. Air Pollution I: Gases
This is a quantitative introduction to the chemistry and physics of the troposphere and stratosphere. A strong background in chemistry, mathematics and physics is expected. Topics include natural biogeochemical cycles; atmospheric photochemistry; stratospheric ozone; urban ozone, particulate matter; atmospheric visibility; acid deposition; air pollution meteorology; Gaussian plume models; photochemical models; air quality regulations. The course is taught at the level of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics by Seinfeld and Pandis.
ATMO 469b/569b. Air Pollution II: Aerosols
This course presents a quantitative introduction to the chemistry and physics of atmospheric aerosols (airborne particulate matter). Topics include aerosol sources and sinks; basic aerosol properties; single aerosol mechanics; aerosol population dynamics; atmospheric aerosol optics; aerosols and climate; aerosols and health; regional haze; aerosol measurement techniques.