ATM205
Introduction to Atmospheric Science

Syllabi

1. Overview

  • The Earth's four Spheres
  • Composition of the atmosphere
  • Vertical structure of the atmosphere
  • The Ozone problem
  • The CO2 problem
  • The weather problem
  • Air pollution


2. Elmentary atmospheric thermodynamics

  • The gas laws
  • The hydrostatic equation and applications
  • The adiabatic process
  • Water vapor and humidity measures
  • Latent heat
  • The potential and equivalent potential temperature
  • Stability


3. Cloud and precipitation microphysical processes

  • Nucleation of water vapor condensation
  • The formation of cloud droplets in warm clouds
  • The microphysics of cold clouds
  • Cloud morphology
  • Precipitation
  • cyclones
  • Thunderstorms
  • hurricanes

4. Radiative transfer

  • The spectrum of radiation
  • Blackbody radiation
  • Atmospheric absorption of solar radiation
  • The greenhouse effect of atmospheric gases
  • The atmospheric energy balance

5. Elementary atmospheric dynamics

  • Apparent forces in a rotating system
  • The real forces
  • Balanced motions, geostrophic flow, thermal winds
  • The continuity equation

6. Introduction of synoptic meteorology

  • The 500-mb flow and analysis
  • The surface map and analysis
  • Cyclones and fronts
  • Hurricanes

7. Introduction to atmospheric chemistry

  • Atmospheric composition
  • Air pollutions