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Courses - Spring 2018
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.
AOSC347
Computing and Data Analysis: Deciphering Climate Change Clues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140.
Recommended: Familiarity with basic descriptive statistics.
Credit only granted for: AOSC347 or AOSC358L.
Formerly: AOSC358L.
A comprehensive introductory course designed to prepare students to identify, interpret, and visualize Earth's climate variations observed in the past and projected into the future. The class emphasizes real-world applications, providing students with essential hands-on experience using MATLAB for data analysis and visualization, developing analytical skills for observational and modeling data, and performing virtual experiments to distinguish data contributing factors. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific issues concerning the modern global warming debate on detection and attribution including: signal vs noise, trend vs periodicity, natural vs anthropogenic forcing, local vs remote response, mean vs extreme changes, and accuracy vs uncertainty.
AOSC401
Climate Dynamics and Earth System Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC400 or AOSC200; and MATH141; and (PHYS161 or PHYS171). Or permission of instructor.
Introduction of the earth and global climate systems and their major components: atmosphere, land, ocean, biosphere and cryosphere. Key processes governing the function of the earth's climate: Global energy balance and water cycle, climate dynamics (general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean) and climate physics (aerosol, cloud and rain), as well as climate variability and climate changes. Phenomena resulting from this coupled system including El Nino-Southern Oscillation, monsoons, and the hydrological cycle will be discussed, with a focus on how the Earth System responds to global warming.
AOSC424
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (PHYS171, PHYS161, MATH141); or permission of instructor.
Many of the properties of the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are most easily observed from satellite remote sensing. This course will provide students with a hands-on introduction to a variety of passive and active sensing techniques and sensors observing our changing environment. Topics include: orbital dynamics and electromagnetic properties of the atmosphere and surface; atmospheric emission characteristics and scattering; chemical composition and spectroscopy; temperature retrievals; detection and retrieval of aerosol, cloud and rain; ocean surface properties; sea surface temperature and color; active sensing of wind stress, sea level, and internal waves; time-dependent gravity; properties of vegetation and ice.
AOSC432
Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC431.
Corequisite: MATH246.
Credit only granted for: AOSC432, METO432, or AOSC632.
Formerly: METO432.
Equations of motion and their approximation, scale analysis for the atmosphere and the ocean. Conservation properties. Fluid motion in the atmosphere and oceans. Geostrophic/balanced and ageostrphic/unbalanced motion. Circulation, vorticity, and potential vorticity. Introduction to the boundary layer.
AOSC434
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH241; or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department.
Formerly: METO434.
Production, transformation, transport and removal of air pollutants. The problems of photochemical smog, the greenhouse effect, stratospheric ozone, acid rain and visibility. Analytical techniques for gases and particles.
AOSC458J
Advanced Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science; Scientific Program: Python
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
AOSC472
Mesoscale Meteorology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC432, AOSC600, AOSC610, or AOSC470.
Restriction: Non-degree-seeking students require the permission of the instructor.
Also offered as: AOSC602.
Credit only granted for: AOSC472 or AOSC602.
Survey a broad range of mesoscale meteorological features with emphasis on convection and associated phenomena. Define the mesoscale and understand its underlying principles; Introduce non-convective circulations and their importance for weather forecasting; Understand the precursors and occurrence of deep moist convection.
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.
AOSC602
Mesoscale Meteorology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Survey a broad range of mesoscale meteorological features with emphasis on convection and associated phenomena. Define the mesoscale and understand its underlying principles; Introduce non-convective circulations and their importance for weather forecasting; Understand the precursors and occurrence of deep moist convection.
AOSC611
Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Oceans II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Formerly: METO611.
Waves and instabilities in the atmosphere and the ocean. Gravity, Rossby, coastal and equatorial waves. Flow over topography. Dynamic instabilities including barotropic, baroclinic, inertial, and instabilities of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. Stationary waves and multiple equilibria.
AOSC617
Atmospheric and Oceanic Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC610; or permission of instructor.
Formerly: METO617.
The general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, historical perspective, observations, and conceptual models; wind-driven and thermohaline circulation of the oceans. Seasonal cycle and monsoon circulations; interannual to interdecadal climate variability; climate change.
AOSC621
Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH462; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: METO621.
Spectroscopy; basic concepts in radiative transfer and atmospheric chemistry; photolysis rates for atmospheric molecules.
AOSC625
Remote Inference of Atmospheric Properties by Satellite
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: AOSC621. And MATH461; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Recommended: Non-degree-seeking students require permission of the instructor.
Formerly: METO625.
Fundamentals of radiative transfer concepts, theories and models pertinent to remote sensing. Satellite platforms, sensors and systems used for operation and research in atmospheric remote sensing. Concepts and technologies of passive and active remote sensing. Remote sensing methods and products of atmospheric constituents, aerosol, cloud, precipitation, temperature and water vapor profiles, precipitation in liquid and ice forms, radiation budget, and remote sensing application in data assimilation for numerical weather forecast (NWP); use of atmospheric remote sensing products for development of global climate model (GCM).
AOSC630
Statistical Methods in Meteorology and Oceanography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: STAT400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: METO630.
Parametric and non-parametric tests; time series analysis and filtering wavelets. Multiple regression and screening; neural networks. Empirical orthogonal functions and teleconnections. Statistical weather and climate prediction, including MOS, constructed analogs. Ensemble forecasting and verification.
AOSC658E
Special Topics in Meteorology; Data Assimulation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AOSC658T
Special Topics in Meteorology; Practical Introduction to High Performance Computing
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: Working knowledge of Linux shell scripts and either C/C++ or Fortran.

Fundamental concepts of high performance computing are explored through hands-on assignments on real HPC systems. Practical issues unique to parallel computing are covered including: computer architecture, distributed and shared memory parallelization, scalability, job performance metrics and optimization, and distributed file I/O.
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.
AOSC675
Carbon Cycle and Climate: Past, Present, and Future
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The fundamentals of the Earth's carbon cycle, a key biogeochemical cycl that controls Earth's climate and life. The changing characteristics of the carbon cycle on several timescales, ranging from geological, interannual, and the more recent anthropogenic influences on carbon cycle and climate. The carbon cycle in the atmosphere, land, ocean, and the biosphere. The underlying human activities such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation that are responsible for the increase in the atmosphere CO2 and our future options in dealing with the carbon problem such as alternative energy and carbon sequestration.
AOSC798
Directed Graduate Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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.