Grad Elective Courses

The following elective ATMOS courses are available to all graduate students who meet the prerequisite course requirements.

 

Course Number Course Title Description Schedule
ATMOS 6040 Environmental Statistics

Numerical techniques used in atmospheric modeling. Statistical methods in environmental sciences including time series analysis, multivariate data analysis, statistical forecasting, forecast verification, and hypothesis testing. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered spring semesters in odd years
ATMOS 6050 Environmental Instrumentation

Understanding our environment requires understanding how measurements of it are made. The techniques and instrumentation required to observe conditions near and immediately above the earth's surface are introduced. Laboratory and field exercises are used to develop experience applicable for careers in the atmospheric and environmental fields. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered spring semesters in even years
ATMOS 6100 Atmospheric Chemistry

Introduction to the physical and chemical processes affecting the dynamics and fate of air pollutants at the local, regional, and global scales. Particular emphasis is on tropospheric pollutant chemistry and transport, photochemistry of ozone, smog formation, aqueous-phase chemistry, and acid rain. (1.5 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered irregularly
ATMOS 6110 Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology I

A survey of modern-day synoptic meteorology and its applications, with emphasis on the integrated use of numerical analysis, atmospheric dynamics and physical meteorology to understand, explain, and predict the evolution of mid-latitude weather systems. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered fall semesters
ATMOS 6120 Weather Discussion

Student-led analysis and prediction of current and future weather using modern analysis and forecast tools. (1 unit, repeatable up to 2 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered spring semesters
ATMOS 6150 Cloud System Modeling

Numerical modeling of turbulent, convective, and mesoscale motions associated with cloud systems. Formulation of physical processes in cloud-resolving models. Role of modeling efforts in understanding the structure and behavior of cloud systems. Representation of clouds and cloud processes in numerical weather prediction and climate models. (3 units)

Prerequisites: ATMOS 6010 AND 6020 or instructor's consent. 

Offered spring semesters in odd years
ATMOS 6200 Atmospheric Radiation

Theory of solar and infrared radiation; fundamentals of energy balance and climate models; parameterization of infrared and solar-flux transfer in clear, aerosol, and cloudy atmospheres; climate perturbations due to greenhouse gases, aerosols and clouds. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered spring semesters in even years
ATMOS 6210 Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology II

Characteristics of surface-based fronts, upper-level fronts, and mid-latitude cyclones, including the use of quasigeostrophic theory and potential vorticity thinking for synoptic analysis. (3 units)

Prerequisite: ATMOS 6110.

Offered spring semesters
ATMOS 6220 Boundary Layer Meteorology

Boundary layer characteristics; Reynolds averaging; equations for turbulent flow; turbulence kinetic energy, stability, and scaling; turbulence closure; boundary conditions; convective mixed layer; stable boundary layer; cloud-topped boundary layer; boundary layer modeling. (3 units)

Prerequisite: ATMOS 6010 and 6020 or instructor's consent. 

Offered fall semesters in odd years
ATMOS 6230 Mesoscale Meteorology

Quantitative description of cumulus convection, multicell and supercell storms, tropical cyclones, local circulations (thermal and terrain forcing), and downslope windstorms. Whenever possible, we will undertake real-time examination of storms as the may develop around the country. Emphasis is on using observed characteristics to develop a physical and dynamical understanding of phenomena over a range of scales. Students will undertake evaluation of recent literature or an independent research paper. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered spring semesters in even years
ATMOS 6240 Land-Atmosphere Interactions

The land and atmosphere interact in different ways, at various timescales, to affect the climate, weather, and air quality. This course will examine how the atmosphere impacts the fluxes of water, carbon, and other pollutants and, in turn, how these fluxes affect the atmosphere. The course combines lectures, computer labs, and perusal of the primary literature to arrive at a multi-faceted understanding of land-atmosphere interactions.

Offered fall semesters
ATMOS 6250 Mountain Meteorology

Synoptic and mesoscale meteorology in complex terrain including orographically-modified cyclone evolution, frontal interaction with topography, terrain- and thermally-driven circulations, mountain waves, downslope winds, gap winds, and orographic precipitation. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered irregularly
ATMOS 6270 Wind Power Meteorology

Siting of wind turbines, regional wind resource assessment, and short-term prediction of the wind resource. Aspects of boundary layer meteorology important for wind energy: wind profiles and shear, turbulence and gusts, and extreme winds. Wind climate analysis, wind resource estimation and siting, and their relation to local topography and surface features. Meteorological models used for estimation and prediction of the wind: their types, inputs, limitations, and requirements. (1.5 units)

Offered spring semesters
ATMOS 6300 Advanced Cloud Microphysics

Nucleation and growth of water and ice particles in clouds. Precipitation production. Aerosol-cloud-climate interactions. Dynamics of stratiform and cumuliform clouds. (3 units)

Prerequisite: ATMOS 6020 or instructor's consent. 

Offered fall semesters in odd years
ATMOS 6310 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology

Advanced topics in geophysical fluid dynamics: Atmospheric waves, baroclinic and frontal instability, observation and theory of the general circulation, middle atmospheric dynamics, tropical dynamics, and dynamical oceanography. (3 units)

Prerequisite: ATMOS 6010 or instructor's consent. 

Offered irregularly
ATMOS 6500 Numerical Weather Prediction

Introduction to modern numerical weather forecasting techniques, concentrating on model fundamentals, structures, dynamics, physical parameterization, and model forecast diagnostics. (3 units)

Prerequisite: ATMOS 6010 or instructor's consent. 

Offered fall semesters of odd years
ATMOS 6510 Tropical Meteorology

Survey of small scale and large scale processes in the tropics. It will place special emphasis on near-real time examination of any tropical cyclones and hurricanes that may develop during the early weeks of the course, including operational and research datasets. It also includes quantitative description of tropical phenomena including El Nino-Southern Oscillation, Madden-Julian Oscillation , easterly waves, and interactions between convective, mesoscale, and large-scale circulations, applications of remote sensing, and field programs. Emphasis is on using observed characteristics to develop a physical and dynamical understanding of phenomena over a range of scales. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered fall semesters in even years
ATMOS 6520 Remote Sensing of the Environment

A quantitative overview of atmospheric remote sensing concentrating on tropospheric phenomena. Emphasis is placed on developing a basic theoretical foundation as well as detailed examination of selected contemporary problems in this rapidly evolving field. (3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor's consent. 

Offered spring semesters in odd years