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AOS311, Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean II, Spring 2008 Instructor Prof. Eric DeWeaver Phone: 265-5438 Email: [email protected] OfFce Hours: Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00pm or by appointment. Class Time and Location : MWF 8:50 – 9:40am Room 1411. Lab Class: Friday 8:50am – 10:50am, Instructor: Brett Hoover , [email protected] Course Description: This course is an introduction to the theory of ±uid motions in the atmosphere and ocean, including the motion of high and low pressure systems, jet streams, and ocean currents. The ²rst priority of the class is to explain the central role of vorticity and po- tential vorticity conservation in describing and explaining atmospheric motion (Chap- ter 4). Following this discussion we look at the planetary boundary layer, with par- ticular emphasis on the 3-way balance and the Ekman spiral (Chapter 5). Next, we use the simpli²ed “quasi-geostrophic” system to understand key features of synoptic features, particularly the westward tilt with height (Chapter 6). Finally, we consider
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Unformatted text preview: wave motions in the atmosphere, with a brief look at wavelike disturbances at spatial scales ranging from ripples to Rossby waves (Ch 7). Prerequisites: AOS310 and AOS330 Grading: Homework + Labs 40% Lab Instructor: Brett Hoover Midterms 30% 2 midterms. Final 30% Monday, May 12th, 2008 2:45 – 4:45pm (cumulative). Required Textbook: An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology , by J. R. Holton (3rd ed.). The classical textbook on atmospheric dynamics on the graduate level. Most of what’s in this class is covered in the ²rst three chapters. Recommended books: Mid-latitude Atmospheric Dynamics: A frst Course , by Jonathan Martin. Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics , by Benoit Cushman-Roisin. A textbook written from an oceanographer’s point of view. Good source for review prob-lems, historical background, and laboratory demos....
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