85.515 Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics

Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 7801
Status Active

The temperature, pressure and density structure of the atmosphere are reviewed, as well as the chemical composition. Topics include atmospheric and solar radiation, atmospheric heat budget and the hypsometric equation. Dynamics of the atmosphere explores the behavior of fluids on a rotating earth, global circulation, synoptic scale motions, perturbation theory of wave motions. Elements of climatic change and the effects of anthropogenic emissions on climate and weather will also be discussed.