Mesoscale Atmospheric Dynamics

This course is designed for students to apply atmospheric dynamics and physical analysis techniques to mesoscale and convective-scale phenomena, including mesoscale convective systems, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, dry lines, low-level jets, mountain waves and orographic precipitation, land/sea breezes, boundary layer rolls, and hurricanes. Emphasis will be given to the physical understanding of these processes instead of forecasting.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 85.301 Atmospheric Thermodynamics, and 85.415 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics.

Link to Course Catalog: 85.516 ATMO.5160 Mesoscale Atmospheric Dynamics

Additional Course Information (from sample syllabus):
This course covers atmospheric thermodynamics which is the introductory course to theoretical meteorology. The subject of atmospheric thermodynamics concerns the physical behavior of air on a micro-scale and local scale and is the building block towards our quantitative understanding of the meso-scale, synoptic scale and planetary scale weather and climate. The essence of the atmospheric variables, such as temperature and pressure, will be discussed to understand their physical meaning and mathematical representation of their relationships. The principle of energy conservation lies at the core of thermodynamics. We will focus on the transfer of energy in the atmosphere as air responds to changes in temperature, pressure, and volume. It also includes the properties of moist air and atmospheric stability. The concepts that you discover in this course provide the foundation for your study in almost every other major topic in meteorology. Along the way, you will use differential and integral calculus and principles of physics to solve real-world physical problems related to meteorology. The contents of the course are: the variables of state, Charles' law, Boyle's law, equation of state for an ideal gas, mixtures of gases. Thermodynamics of dry air, water vapor and moist air. Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Adiabatic and pseudoadiabatic processes. Moisture variables. Hydrostatics equilibrium, hydrostatics of special atmospheres. Hydrostatic stability, and Convection theory.