Climate Dynamics 753
Exploring the General Circulation of the Atmosphere
| DJF kinetic energy 2-6 days 250hPa
|| Heating in Θ Coord.
|| Circulation at 200 hPa ψ and χ
Figures Courtesy of European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts
Kallbert, P. P. Berrisfort, B. Hoskins, A. Simmons, S. Uppala, S. Lamy-Thepaut and
R. Hine, 2005. ERA-40 Atlas. ERA-40 Project Report Series No. 19
Course Syllabus Fall 2017
Course Instructor: David M. Straus
(Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences)
Instructor Contacts and Office Hours:
D. Straus: Room 118 Research Hall. Office Hrs: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Tues & Thur (703-993-5719)
Class location: Innovation Hall Room 338
Class time: Tues and Thurs 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
- First class: Tues Aug 29
- No clases: Tues Oct 10; Thur Nov 23 (Thanksgiving)
- Last class: Thurs Dec 7
- Final Exam: Thurs Dec 14 (1:30 - 4:45 PM)
Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
- Acquire knowledge of the basic components of the observed atmospheric circulation.
- Understand the relationships among these components.
- Understand the role of different circulation components in transporting energy and momentum.
- Be able to articulate the ways in which the general circulation relates weather phenomena to the climate.
- Become familiar with the application of the mathematical theories to the observed circulation.
- Acquire basic skills for carrying out original research on the general circulation.
- Develop the ability to read current journal papers on the subject, and report the main findings.
Student Work Components