Dept. Code: ATM

Meteorology

Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere, including climate and climate variability, weather forecasting, cloud and precipitation physics, tropical dynamics, severe weather and hurricanes. Atmospheric scientists use computer models and sophisticated observing systems to describe and understand the atmosphere. The curriculum emphasizes math and physics basics, providing a strong foundation for an intensive study of meteorology. The curriculum, conforming to the recommendations of the American Meteorological Society, prepares students for graduate school and for jobs in industry and government.

The Rosenstiel School offers a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science with a major in Meteorology.

Although Meteorology is a single major program, students often combine Meteorology with a second major in such diverse fields as Mathematics, Marine Science, or Broadcast Journalism. Students interested in adding Broadcast Journalism as a second major should review the School of Communication page for additional requirements.

Minors Offered by Marine and Atmospheric Science

ATM 102. Introduction To Weather And Climate. 3 Credit Hours.

The structure, physics, dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere. Weather, weather forecasting, climate and climate change.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 103. Survey of Modern Meteorology. 3 Credit Hours.

Dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere as they relate to contemporary issues in meteorology. Overview of numerical weather prediction techniques and new technologies for monitoring weather and climate. Open to majors or minors with permission of instructor.
Pre/Corequisite: MTH 108. MTH 113. MTH 140. MTH 141. MTH 161. MTH 171.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 118. Current Weather Topics. 2 Credit Hours.

Weather- and Climate-related phenomena such as hurricanes, severe storms, global warming, and acid rain.
Prerequisite: ATM 103.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 220. Climate And Global Change. 3 Credit Hours.

The Earth's climate system and the role of natural and anthropogenic processes in shaping climate change.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ATM 243. Weather Forecasting. 3 Credit Hours.

Application of physical principals to weather forecasting. Use interpretation of computer-generated forecast guidance products of the U.S. Weather Service.
Prerequisite: ATM 103 or MSC 103 and MTH 108 or higher.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 265. Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours.

ATM 265 is focused on those aspects of environmental chemistry of most relevance to meteorology students. The class fulfills the American Meteorological Society (AMS) chemistry expectations for a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, and in addition, addresses further recommendations from the AMS. AMS expects knowledge of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and, of the properties of gases. Recommended ‘beyond the basics’ goals include air quality and environmental science applications. ATM 265 fulfills the chemistry requirement for the undergraduate meteorology program. Students interested in pursuing upper-level chemistry courses, including MSC 215 (Chemical Oceanography), and pre-med majors, are recommended to take CHM 111 to meet requirements for the Meteorology B.S. Degree.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 303. Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation. 3 Credit Hours.

Techniques for measuring meteorological variables at the ground and in the free atmosphere.
Prerequisite: ATM 103, and PHY 101 or PHY 205.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 305. Atmospheric Thermodynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Equation of state; water vapor and moist air thermodynamics; phase changes and latent heat; buoyancy and atmospheric convection; thermodynamic diagrams. Prerequisites: PHY 205
Prerequisite: PHY 205.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 306. Advanced Principles In Broadcasting Meteorology. 3 Credit Hours.

Broadcast meteorology including the production of professional weather briefings and weather news for on camera delivery. Emphasis on accurately communicating complex meteorological concepts, use of computer graphics, and on-camera delivery.
Prerequisite: ATM 103. Or Requisite: Permission of Instructor.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 307. Introduction To The Physics Of Climate. 3 Credit Hours.

The Physical mechanisms which govern the earth’s climate and climate variability.
Prerequisite: ATM 305 or MSC 305.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 321. Scientific Programming In The Atmospheric Sciences. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to scientific programming in a linux environment using the FORTRAN 90/95 language with specific applications to Meteorology. Prerequisites: CSC 120.
Prerequisite: CSC 120.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 371. Readings In Atmospheric Science. 1-2 Credit Hours.

Library research with faculty supervision. Bibliography to be submitted in preparation for laboratory and/or field research project.
Components: DIS.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ATM 405. Atmospheric Dynamics I. 3 Credit Hours.

Derivation and scaling of the equations of atmospheric motion; hydrostatic and geostrophic balance; circulation and vorticity.
Prerequisite: MSC 305 Or ATM 305 and MTH 310 Or Permission of Instructor.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 406. Atmospheric Dynamics II. 3 Credit Hours.

Baroclinic and barotropic instability; boundary layer dynamics; mathematical principles of numerical weather prediction; maintenance of the general circulation.
Prerequisite: MSC 405 or ATM 405.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 407. Weather Analysis. 4 Credit Hours.

Three-dimensional analysis of synoptic-scale weather systems; application of the fundamental laws of atmospheric dynamics to observed weather patterns; practical questions of worldwide data exchange and display.
Prerequisite: ATM 305 or MSC 305.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 409. Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing. 3 Credit Hours.

Atmospheric radiation; absorption and scattering principles of remote sensing of the atmosphere; cloud microphysics; nucleation, coalescence, ice crystal growth, atmospheric electricity and lightning.
Prerequisite: ATM 305.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 411. Projects In Atmospheric Science. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Individual, independent research projects with faculty supervision. A formal written report is required that satisfies signed contract with faculty supervisor.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 412. Undergraduate Thesis in Atmospheric Science. 1 Credit Hour.

Students will write a formal thesis summarizing the results of independent research carried out under faculty supervision.
Pre-requisite: Or Co-requisite: ATM 411 And permission of instructor.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 511. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I. 3 Credit Hours.

The basic equations of state, continuity, and motion. Topics include wave motions, group velocity, theory of stratified fluids and internal waves turbulence.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 532. Broadcast Meteorology. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will learn the proper techniques involved in preparing and presenting a complete and professional weathercast with a heavy emphasis on communication skills, computer graphics, and on-camera delivery.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 533. Atmospheric Boundary Layer. 3 Credit Hours.

The boundary layer is the lowest 1-2 km of the atmosphere, where we live. It is necessary to understand boundary layer processes to pursue research in clouds and radiation, weather and climate, air/sea/land interaction, and chemistry of the lower atmosphere. In this course, students will learn the basic physical concepts, from observational, theoretical and modeling perspectives.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 534. Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry for students in Atmospheric Science and Ocean Science. The course will discuss major topic areas of atmospheric chemistry with an emphasis on providing links between atmospheric chemistry, meteorology, ocean science, and climate. Background in General Chemistry and Mathematics (through Calculus) is recommended; or permission of instructor is required.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 536. Hurricanes. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is intended to provide a broad overview of tropical cyclones, starting from the basic structure, dynamics and thermodynamics, then expanding through to observations, modeling, forecasting and impacts.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 537. Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of natural hazards in both the atmosphere and ocean. In the atmosphere, we will explore both weather events such as storms and hurricanes and tornadoes as well as longer term phenomena such as monsoons and excess rainfall in the tropics. Oceanographically, the course will address hazards such as storm surge and flooding, rogue waves, rip currents, and tsunamis that occur on short time scales as well as the longer terms effects such as sea level rise and the impacts of El Niño and La Niña oceanographic conditions on weather conditions. Thus, the course focus is on hazards and their impacts around the globe.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 551. Introduction to Atmospheric Science. 3 Credit Hours.

Thermodynamics of dry and moist processes; elementary dynamical meteorology; description of weather systems and phenomena on all scales; structure and mechanics of the general circulation.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 553. Climate Change. 3 Credit Hours.

Overview of the physical processes which regulate the earth's climate and response to forcing.
1 year of Calculus 1 year Physics.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 554. Climate Variability. 3 Credit Hours.

This class will cover the physical mechanisms that govern the earth's climate andclimate variability. It is intended for beginning graduate students in marine andatmospheric science, and upper-level undergraduate physical science students.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 560. Tropospheric Chemistry I. 3 Credit Hours.

Process-Oriented lower atmospheric chemistry. Topics include photochemical oxidant formation, nighttime chemistry, air-sea exchange, cloud droplet and aerosol reactions, physical properties of aerosols, and transport properties of the troposphere.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 561. Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean. 3 Credit Hours.

Observed structure of large-scale tropical circulations, including the Trades, the intertropical Convergence Zone, the Walker circulation, and equatorial wave disturbances. An overview of tropical climate, including El Niño/Southern Oscillation, and tropical monsoons is included as well as the formation, structure, and dynamics of tropical cyclone interactions between tropical convection and large-scale circulations, equatorial waves, and flow instabilities.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 562. Advanced Weather Forecasting. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will learn the skills needed in researching and preparing a professional weather forecast. There is a plethora of forecast resources available online. Students will learn about using these forecast resources and share resources of their own. Specifically, we will cover topics such as the basics of atmospheric meteorology, large and small scale weather forecasting, operational weather forecasting, tropical weather, severe weather, nor’easters, lake effect snow, oscillations and various other weather phenomena. During the course of the semester a couple of Guest speakers in various parts of the field will visit to discuss relevant topics.
Prerequisite: ATM 243, ATM 305, and ATM 405.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 563. Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms. 3 Credit Hours.

Course topics include the structure and dynamics of clouds, thunderstorms, and mesoscale convective systems, radar and satellite observations of clouds and precipitation, severe storm forecasting, mesoscale disturbances, frontal and orographic clouds, and precipitation.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 581. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 582. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 583. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 584. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 585. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.