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Courses - Fall 2016
AOSC
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
AOSC123
Causes and Implications of Global Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Also offered as: GEOL123.
Credit only granted for: AOSC123, GEOG123, GEOL123, or METO123.
Formerly: METO123.
Responsible policy and decision making on issues related to the global environment requires understanding of the basic scientific issues, relationships between the geophysical and biological sciences, the impacts on regional and global endeavors, and the political manner in which humans respond. This course embodies an integrated introduction to the broad scientific and social aspects of the global change problem.
AOSC200
Weather and Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with AOSC201) or DSNS, SCIS
Prerequisite: MATH107, MATH110, or MATH115.
Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in AOSC201.
Formerly: METO200.
Broad survey of the state of knowledge and problems of atmospheric science. Origin and structure of the atmosphere, meteorological observations, weather maps, forecasting, satellites, energetics, wind, general circulation, storms, severe weather, climate change, air pollution.

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AOSC201
Weather and Climate Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
Corequisite: AOSC200.
Formerly: METO201.
Laboratory exercises to supplement AOSC200, including weather observations, weather map analysis, use of the Internet, forecasting practice and climate modeling.
Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
AOSC375
Introduction to the Blue Ocean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: GEOL375.
Credit only granted for: GEOL375 or METO375.
Oceans are an important component of the Earth System and this course builds towards Earth System Science education. Oceanography is an intrinsically interdisciplinary subject with strong connections to astronomy (tidal forces), biology (ecosystems), geography (world climate), geology (sea floor tectonics), and physics (waves). We begin with the history of ocean exploration and origin of Earth and life and learn about properties of seawater, air-sea interactions, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, El Nino-Southern Oscillation, waves, tides, and tsunamis.
AOSC400
Physical Meteorology of the Atmosphere
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (PHYS171, PHYS161, MATH141); or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department.
Formerly: METO400.
The application of basic classical physics, chemistry and mathematics t the study of the atmosphere. Composition of the atmosphere; energy sources and sinks (radiation in the atmosphere; radiative balance and radiative forcing of atmospheric processes); atmospheric thermodynamics; clouds and precipitation physics; atmospheric electricity and optics; mesoscale processes (e.g., orographic mesoscale phenomena and instabilities); air mass boundaries; severe weather, tropical cyclones; storms; global circulation.
AOSC420
Physical Oceanography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH141 and PHYS141.
Recommended: AOSC200.
Also offered as: AOSC670, GEOL670.
Credit only granted for: AOSC420, AOSC670, or GEOL670.
Ocean observations. Water masses, sources of deep, intermediate, and surface water. Mass, heat, and salt transport, and the meridional overturning circulation. Geochemical tracers and cycles, including carbon. Western boundary currents, mixed layers, and processes maintaining the thermocline. Coastal and estuarine processes. Surface waves and tides. the ocean's role in climate.
AOSC431
Atmospheric Thermodynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (PHYS171, PHYS161, MATH141).
Recommended: MATH246.
Credit only granted for: AOSC431 or METO431.
Formerly: METO431.
Classical thermodynamics applied to both the dry and the moist atmosphere. Composition; phase changes of water; stability concepts; Properties of aerosols and clouds, cloud nucleation and precipitation processes, atmospheric electricity, cloud and precipitation chemistry.
AOSC470
Synoptic Meteorology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in AOSC431 and AOSC432.
Credit only granted for: AOSC470, AOSC600, or METO600.
Atmospheric properties and observations, meteorological analysis and charts, operational numerical forecasts. Application of quasigeostrophic theory, baroclinic instability, midlatitiude and mesoscale weather systems. Tropical meteorology. Weather forecasting using numerical and statistical models. Prediction of weather phenomena on the global, syoptic, meso, and local scales. Analysis of surface and upper air data; Norwegian cyclone model; introduction to weather forecasting.
AOSC493
Senior Research Project I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department.
Restriction: Must be in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science program. Or must not be in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science program; and permission of instructor.
Technical writing and oral presentation skills. Planning, writing, and presenting a plan for research in the geosciences.
AOSC494
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in AOSC431 and AOSC432.
Exposure to a wide range of contemporary topics in atmospheric, oceanic and climate sciences, to foster research interests and promote critical thinking through the weekly AOSC departmental seminar series.
AOSC498
(Perm Req)
Senior Research Project II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC499
Special Problems in Atmospheric Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC600
Synoptic Meteorology I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC610.
Credit only granted for: AOSC470 or AOSC600.
Formerly: METO600.
Atmospheric properties and observations, meteorological analysis and charts, operational numerical forecasts. Application of quasigeostrophic theory, baroclinic instability, midlatitude and mesoscale weather systems. Tropical meteorology.
AOSC610
Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH462; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: METO610.
Equations of motion and their approximation, scale analysis for the atmosphere and the ocean. Conservation properties. Fluid motion in the atmosphere and oceans. Circulation and vorticity, geostrophic motion and the gradient wind balance. Turbulence and Ekman Layers.
AOSC614
Atmospheric Modeling, Data Assimilation and Predictability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AOSC610; or permission of instructor.
Solid foundation for atmospheric and oceanic modeling and numerical weather prediction: numerical methods for partial differential equations, an introduction to physical parameterizations, modern data assimilation, and predictability.
AOSC620
Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH461; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: METO620.
Air parcel thermodynamics and stability; constituent thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Cloud and aerosol physics and precipitation processes.
AOSC652
Analysis Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS141 and MATH241; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Recommended: AMSC460, CMSC660, AMSC660, or CMSC460.
A variety of the analysis methods used by atmospheric and oceanic scientists will be applied to observational data sets such as Vostok ice core record, temperature trends, and satellite measurements of ozone,sea ice, etc. in a hands-on, computer laboratory setting. Students will be exposed to Fortran and Python as well as modern file formats such as HDF and netCDF. No prior programming experience required.
AOSC658E
Special Topics in Meteorology; Data Assimulation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC663
Water and Climate Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AOSC610; and undergraduate level hydrology and/or hydrogeology, familiarity with differential calculus and equations. Please consult with instructor for details.
Focuses on exploring options for adaptation and building resilience to the possible impacts of climate change through an interwoven understanding of the physical, biological, social, cultural, economic and institutional constraints of water resources issues and consideration of climate-related risks in the management and decision-making process.
AOSC670
Physical Oceanography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department.
Also offered as: AOSC420, GEOL670.
Credit only granted for: GEOL670, AOSC670 or AOSC420.
Ocean observations. Water masses, sources of deep water. Mass, heat, and salt transport, geochemical tracers. Western boundary currents, maintenance of the thermocline. Coastal and estuarine processes. Surface waves and tides. Ocean climate.
AOSC680
Introduction to Earth System Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An introduction to the study of the earth as a system: atmosphere, oceans, land, cryosphere, solid earth, and humans. Cycling of materials and energy in the earth system: the energy cycle, the hydrologic cycle, the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle. Climate processes and variability: land-atmosphere, ocean-atmosphere, biosphere-climate, and human interactions, short- and long-term variability in climate.
Class meets at the M-Square Office Building Suite 4001, room 4046.
AOSC798
Directed Graduate Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC818
Frontiers in Atmosphere, Ocean, Climate, and Synoptic Meteorology Research
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
AOSC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.